U.S. Trade Commission has received more than 37,000 reports of online shopping scam this year - AP News

16/December/2020
Associated Press — The U.S. Federal Trade Commission says it received a record number of reports from people losing money to online shopping scams in April and May, mostly from people being tricked into paying for face masks, disinfectant wipes and other pandemic-related supplies that never arrived.

So far this year, the FTC has received more than 37,000 reports of online shopping fraud, amounting to $27 million in losses. The number has been increasing every year since 2015, amounting to a $420 million in losses.
The best way to not get scammed is to be aware of the tactics and know what to look for..

How to Spot Fake Shopping Sites and Avoid Being Scammed - Tips:

RESEARCH THE SITE
If you are on a website you have never used before, do an online search of the company’s name along with the words “scam” or “review.” Check the site’s social media pages for any complaints from customers..

BE WARY OF ONLINE ADS
Place extra scrutiny on sites you find through social media ads, which are a common way to lure people in. Sometimes the ads are based on products you have been searching for online..

BE SUSPICIOUS OF HARD-TO-FIND PRODUCTS
Another way shoppers get tricked is by sites that falsely say they have products in stock that are sold out almost everywhere else..

DO NOT FALL FOR PRICE
If the price is too good to be true, it probably is, says Better Business Bureau spokeswoman Katherine Hutt. Scammers offer lower prices on hot products knowing that shoppers will find them hard to resist... apnews.com