Macy’s Home Shop Scam

    Macy’s Home Shop Scam
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    Who doesn’t love clearance sales and big discounts? If you’ve recently been searching for the best bargains online, chances are you might have come across a “Macy’s Home Shop” or “Macy’s Home Sale” ad on Facebook. Beware! These ads could be SCAMs. Keep on reading for more details on these Macy’s home shop scams and tips on how to spot such fake Facebook ads.

    Macy’s Home Shop Scam

    We’ve found several Facebook ads promoting Macy’s 70% off clearance sales and outlet sales, featuring discounts on products such as UGG slippers and home furniture:

    Macy Home Shop Scam
    Sample Macy’s Home Shop Scam ad (1/2). Source; Facebook
    macy UGG
    Sample Macy’s Home Shop Scam ad (2/2). Source; Facebook

    Fake Macy’s Websites

    The ads lead to different websites, but they are all copycat versions of the legitimate Macy’s site (macys.com). Below is an example:

    Macy home shop scam
    Macy Home Shop Scam – macystorehomes[.]com

    Sample URLs of Fake Macy’s Websites

    • Macy-outletsr[.]com
    • Macy-home[.]com
    • Macy-sales[.]com
    • Outletsalemacys[.]com
    • Macyoutlets[.]com
    • Macystorehomes[.]com

    Note: The legitimate Macy’s website is macys.com. Anything other than this is not an official one. Be careful!

    REAL Macy’s website
    The genuine Macy’s website – macys.com

    Scam Site Red Flags

    Countless fake websites appear every day, so you need to always be on the lookout. Here are some things to watch out for:

    • A copycat web address. Search on Google for the official one and compare.
    • Too-good-to-be-true deals.
    • A very recent site registration date – you can check a site’s age quickly using Whois lookup. For example, macystorehomes[.]com was created just about 1 month ago:
    Source: Whois
    • Bad reputation. Check the verdict from our friends over at the anti-scam website ScamAdviser. The website macy-outletsr[.]com has a Trustscore rating of just 1 out of 100, for example:
    Source: ScamAdviser
    • Lack of customer reviews or only lots of 5-star ones.
    • Suspicious Facebook page transparency info. You can check a page’s transparency info to see if it was recently created or if the page content was recently changed.

    We recommend you avoid interacting with these Macy’s clearance or outlet websites and any related Facebook pages. Always shop on the official site (macys.com) to stay protected!

    For more tips on how to check if a website is safe to use, please check out this article.

    Shop Safely Online

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