The Nebraska Attorney General, OCIO, and the Nebraska Department of Banking join together to encourage consumers to be especially vigilant when shopping online.
In the past 30 days, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and, more recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have both issued warnings regarding a recent increase in online shopping scams.
According to the FBI, those affected by the scam were led to “imposter” websites that looked like legitimate businesses from social media or a search engine’s “shopping” page. The equipment purchased at a discount on these sites included gym equipment, small appliances, tools and furniture, none of which was delivered.
To avoid being victimized, consider the following recommendations:
The Nebraska Attorney General has a consumer protection website offering additional tips for protecting yourself against scams and safeguarding your personal information.
Consumers may file a consumer complaint through the Attorney General’s website at www.ProtectTheGoodLife.Nebraska.gov or send an email to [email protected].