Top Halloween Scam Websites: Red Flags & Tips to Stay Safe 2022

    Top Halloween Scam Websites: Red Flags & Tips to Stay Safe 2022
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    There are only a few days to go until Halloween – have you prepared the decorations and your scary Halloween costumes? You still have some time to make those last minute purchases, but please keep an eye out for Halloween online shopping scams!

    Top Halloween Scam Websites

    We’ve already detected 509,507 scam websites featuring Halloween shopping sales this month. Scammers have started early to spread links to scam online shops via text messages that promote various Halloween special sale campaigns:

    • PDIC Books: Ready for a Scary-Good Deal? Our Halloween sale has come alive.. With our best selling books over 50% off! See them all: <URL>
    • 🎃 Dowdle Halloween Sale Get ready for the spooky night. Choose from 13 Halloween puzzles, only $13 each! Use code: Halloween13 <URL> Offer ends Sunday, October 2nd!
    • We Love Doggos: Save A Dog Sunday is ending soon! Only a few hours left to fetch a FREE Halloween Doggo Yard Flag & help save doggos! <URL>
    • [Sports Apparel] Put on your favorite Halloween gear for a workout. Get 77% OFF Now. <URL>

    These links will take you to scam online shops. To be clear, don’t shop on these (FAKE) sites, as there will be problems and disputes; you’ll likely never receive the goods or packages will fail to meet your expectations. In the worst case, your credit card credentials will find their way into scammers’ hands. Below are some examples.

    #1 – coatpark[.]com

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    #2 – nestorliquor[.]com

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    #3 – annishuan[.]com

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    #4 – hugoiio[.]com

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    #5 – cathytok[.]com

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    #6 – hardaddy[.]com

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    #7 – usainverse[.]shop

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    #8 – wersth[.]com

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    #9 – desiresatisfaction[.]com

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    #10 – broswear[.]com

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    #11 – airysumer[.]com

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    #12 – luckyydog[.]com

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    #13 – maverickbear[.]com

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    #14 – etcydecor[.]com

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    #15 – leisuretlly[.]com

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    #16 – sasachics[.]com

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    #17 – lrahina[.]com

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    #18 – grintoss[.]com

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    6 Ways to Spot Halloween Scam Websites

    Below are several check points that you can pay attention to see if an online shop is safe:

    1. Details of the Web Domain

    Before you click on any links, always CHECK if it’s safe. How? You can look up suspicious URLs at Whois for website details, for example:
    (1) Does the domain country of the website match its base?
    (2) How long has the website been registered?
    (3) Is the registrant’s contact information hidden?

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    A scam online shop that is registered in China

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    2. Price

    Is the offer too good to be true?

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    2. Payment Method

    Does the website take electronic transfer, cryptocurrency, prepaid and gift cards, or cash on delivery (COD) ONLY? If so, it is highly likely that it’s a scam. For example, many scam online shops only accept PayPal as a payment method:

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    • Tip: Choose safer online payment options! Standard payment processing networks such as Visa and Mastercard offer more secure transactions – these networks utilize careful inspection on the websites.

    Note: There are still exceptions – these common payment methods don’t mean the site is 100% secure. How?

    In some cases the merchant will ‘refund’ money to buyers, claiming technical difficulties with the original payment. After the initial refund, the scammer (‘merchant’) will ask the buyer to use payment methods OTHER THAN the one listed on the website – such as bank transfers or APPs like “Venmo” or “Zelle”. This example shows how once a customer sent out money, the scammer disappeared. Beware!

    3. Layout and Typos

    Content should be 100% accurate on reputable and well-designed websites! Are there a lot of typos and unnatural wording? If there are you should reconsider if you want to spend money on the site.

    4. Contact Details

    Does the website provide full and valid contact details? You can check if the contact information matches the domain of the URL, or you can Google the address to see if the company really exists.

    Stay Away from Halloween Scam Websites

    • NEVER click links or attachments from unknown sources. Use Trend Micro Check to combat scams with ease!
    • Shop only on legitimate online stores. Do your homework and read reviews about the online store you plan to shop at.
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