JACKSONVILLE, Florida – You never think you will fall for a scam, yet millions of people get caught every year. Here are 4 popular scams that circulate this time of year and the red flags.

Online shopping scams

  • Fake websites spoof a legitimate site, such as the Fanatics, Sephora, Jordans, or Urban Clothing brands. Consumers often find these ads on Facebook and Instagram, which leads them to these bogus sites.

  • Beware of sites that offer popular products at steep discounts or claim to have products that no one else is offering.

  • Make sure the website gives the seller’s address and phone number. Check the USPS ZIP Code search or Google Maps to verify that the address exists.

Job scams

  • Scammers reach out to people who have posted resumes on Glass Door and Indeed.

  • How it works? The scammer hires the “victim” and sends her a check to purchase the necessary equipment. This person is responsible for depositing the check and sending the money to the company’s equipment supplier through MoneyGram, Venmo, or similar unrecoverable sources. The check ends up being bounced and the victim lost the money she sent.

Rental scams

  • The main source of bogus rentals is Craigslist ads.

  • If a deposit is requested before viewing the unit, it is a scam. Do not pay without a visit to the unit.

Red flags about pet scams

  • Fake websites advertising desirable pets at below market prices.

  • Will not accept credit cards as a form of payment, only Venmo, Zelle, PayPal or something similar.

  • The website does not list a physical address or lists an address that does not exist, such as a vacant lot.

  • Will only communicate by e-mail or SMS.

  • Once you send a deposit, the scammer starts asking for additional money for items like a special shipping case or a vet exam.

BBB’s analysis also shows that pets and pet supplies are the riskiest online shopping scams, with 70% of people losing money and a median loss of $ 750. The French Bulldog was the primary breed used to perpetuate scams with puppies.

You can follow the scams circulating in our area by clicking here: BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust.