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18 Online Shopping Traps and Scams To Watch Out For

Online shopping can help you save money and access a wide variety of products, but there are downsides, too. Hackers and other online criminals are constantly trying to scam shoppers by offering fake deals and discounts. In fact, according to a recent Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker report, online purchase scams are the second-riskiest type of fraud after employment scams.

Although shopping online doesn’t always result in identity theft, there are other risks, too. You might lose money, get a bogus product or not get anything at all — and you might even be convinced to spend more than you planned to.

By knowing the most common scams and traps that online shoppers encounter, you can set your finances up for a better future.

Last updated: April 7, 2020

Requests To Pay With Wire Transfers

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What will a shopping trip to H&M look like post-lockdown?

Like many non-essential retailers across England, H&M has confirmed that stores will be reopening on 15th June. 

It will be welcome news for fans of the fast fashion behemoth’s affordable, trend-led clothing, especially now that the days are getting warm enough to stock up on easy sundresses and sandals. Of course, H&M has maintained its e-commerce operation during lockdown, but there’s no substitute for browsing the store and stumbling across a treasure, magpie-like, that you didn’t know you needed.

With new Government guidelines to protect customers and staff from transmission of Covid-19 though, the shopping experience at H&M post-lockdown will look very different from the one we’ve come to know.

“There will be many restrictions in place meaning conditions will remain challenging and we are flexible and humble about the fact from one day to another, the situation may change,” H&M said in a statement announcing the new protocols.

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