Dec 9, 2013 2:01 PM by Ashley Guidroz
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.