Avoid stories that touch: How to verify an online vendor

Have you ever bought something online and found out it was fake? Many of us have. It's such a common issue, but what most people don't know is that there are ways to protect yourself and make sure the business you're buying from is legit. Here are simple ways to verify a vendor:

Avoid stories that touch: How to verify an online vendor
How to verify an online vendor

Have you ever bought something online and found out it was fake? Many of us have. It's such a common issue, but what most people don't know is that there are ways to protect yourself and make sure the business you're buying from is legit. Here are simple ways to verify a vendor:

  1. Do a Google search; check for an active website, and social media account: A quick Google search will reveal if the business has a strong online presence and if they have any major news hits to their name. There are also many red flags that you can spot in the very first few pages of a ‘business’ website, including no address or phone number listed on the site. Social media is another great way to learn more about a company. Most businesses have a public Facebook or Instagram page with some basic information about them. If they do, take note of the content on the page and how often it gets updated. Companies that don’t have a social media presence may not be worth buying from.
  2. Check the spelling and grammar in their ads, website, social media content and platform: If they use proper grammar and spelling, then chances are they will be diligent about other aspects of their business as well. Look for signs of bad grammar or misspellings when trying to spot a shady business.
  3. Check reviews: Checking reviews is another way to see if someone is legit or not. If they have no reviews or fake reviews written by themselves, it could be a red flag for potential fraud. If there are negative reviews about them, but they still seem like a good deal, try digging deeper into those comments and see what people are saying about them.
  4. Ensure you are sending payment to a designated company’s bank account: To verify the bank account, check that it has a name that matches the vendor’s business name. For example, if you are purchasing an item from “Bapple Inc.,” then you should be sending payment to a bank account with this same name.
  5. Check payment methods offered by the vendor: Next, you should check the payment methods offered by a vendor. OurPass provides one of the most secure, safe and easy payment methods for shoppers everywhere. Whether it's payment using QR codes, payment links, bank transfers or the one-click checkout platform, you can be confident that wherever you see OurPass, it is a secure payment method.
  6. If a deal seems too good to be true, it is probably too good to be true: If you find an online vendor that offers their products at a price that is way below the usual cost and they do not seem to have any competitors in the same market, then they may just be running a scam.

So, what's the general takeaway here? Basically, there is a way to tell whether or not a product you see online is legitimate. With a little time and effort, you can avoid scams and get a great product for your money. To get more insightful commerce related information, subscribe to the OurPass Blog.