Beware e-tail web scam

Posted: December 9, 2009 in internet

Feds: Top e-tailers profit from billion-dollar Web scam | Digital Media – CNET News.

Only heard about this when catching up on a recent TWiT podcast. Apparently many online stores – including seemingly reputable names like Shutterfly, 1-800-Flowers, and Expedia/ – have duped customers into fee-paying web loyalty programmes by encouraging them to enter their e-mail address just before they complete purchases in return for cash back or a coupon. Most consumers don’t realise they’ve been conned because it only deducts a small amount from their credit card each month. Some sites, like, have reportedly made more than $70 million from the scam.

So beware – don’t give sites any more information than you need to make a purchase, check your credit card statements carefully – and don’t give these companies your business:

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