Misleading Social Media Ads Causing Problems This Holiday Season

2nd Scam Of Christmas
Posted at 6:25 AM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 09:59:35-05

Online ads are supposed to represent the product, but in our second scam of Christmas, misleading ads are one way scammers try to get your money.

Unfortunately, one woman out of Maryland learned this the hard way.

Shay Hanesworth said that she was served up an ad for a rainbow Christmas tree on her Instagram feed, but what she ordered, and what she got were two completely different things.

She got it from a website called "Iridescent to You."

She paid the $34 shipping fee and didn't receive the full, colorful tree promised in the ad.

She didn't try to return the item. She figured it was just a lesson learned.

But experts say, this is what scammers are banking on.

Just a reminder, before ordering anything from a social media ad, look at the contact page and business address. Google it to see if it exists.

Check for working contact information. And always use a credit card when shopping online.