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Dec 9, 2013 2:01 PM by Ashley Guidroz

BBB Warns of Websites Posing to be Legitamite Sites

The Better Business Bureau is warning people of fraudulent websites that illegally steal the BBB logo and imply they are legitimate sites. The BBB says a noticeable trend recently is websites that include the word "overstock" in the domain name, hoping to fool customers into thinking they're shopping with the notable website overstock.com.

Overstock.com is a BBB Accredited Business with an A rating, as well as a National Partner of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. The company has been recognized by many organizations, including Compuware as a "Best of the Web" award winner for four years in a row.


BBB suggests the following tips for online shoppers to avoid bogus websites:

· Check out any company at bbb.org to view their BBB Business Review free of charge. There you will find the company's history of complaints and contact information.

· Type the URL directly into your browser; do not click on a link from an email or social media site unless you are absolutely sure the message is from the legitimate business.

· On the payment page, look for "https" at the beginning of the address (the "s" stands for "secure").

· Look for "Contact Us" information, including a real address, a toll-free customer service number, and other ways to reach the company if you have a problem.

· Use a credit card (not a debit card) when shopping online for greater protections against possible fraud.

· If a website has a BBB Accredited Business seal, click on it. A real seal should link directly to that company's BBB Business Review.

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