The FBI is warning of a new wave of fraudulent shopping websites, often advertised on social media platforms, that take orders for a wide range of products and then never deliver. According to the FBI's announcement, the fraudulent sites tend to offer prices considerably lower than comparable legitimate sites, require payment by online money transfer, and display content and layout copied from other, more traditional e-commerce sites.
Among the indicators of fraudulent activity listed in the notice include using the Internet top-level domains ".club" and ".top," web addresses registered within the last six months, and those utilizing a private domain registration service to avoid personal information being published in the Whois Public Internet Directory.
Individuals or organizations that have been victims are urged to report the activity to the Internet Crime Complaint Center or a local FBI field office.
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