Be wary of fake online shopping sites

COVID-19 has pushed majority businesses to the online market/PHOTO COURTESY

You should be wary of fake shopping sites when purchasing anything online.

Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has warned the public on websites said to be luring buyers with short messages, phone calls and emails.

“The online shopping criminals entice unsuspecting buyer, request for a registration fee for the goods or services,” stated Francis Wangusi, Director General of CA in a statement.

Wangusi also stated that the perpetrators use social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in their dealings.

CA warned consumers against suspicious online shops without physical addresses, lack of customer care services and doubtful websites, email addresses and telephone numbers.

Consumers have been advised to avoid installing applications with no clear sources, verify the authenticity of online platforms through family or friends and also avoid sending money to mobile numbers belonging to individuals pretending to be representatives of such online stores.

You should also not disclose personal details such as bank accounts information, ATM pin, username and passwords to other people.

Different sectors also face technological crimes with the recent one being bank operators using clients’ information to steal money from them.

The warning comes after numerous complaints from Kenyans who had been duped through such sites.