Place an order for a great wig at a really cheap price online? Chances are it’s too good to be true. Check first!
Chinese knock off sites use clever schemes to take money from their victims annually. The knock off industry is a BIG business worth as much as $461 billion according to an April 2016 post from CNN.com. Consumers fall for the allure of high ticket items at drastically reduced prices. Often they are left with nothing at all, or a far inferior product than the advertisement they clicked on.
The wig industry is not immune. Customers are taken in by beautiful images of name brand wigs and extensions offered at deep discounts. Instead, they receive fake products or may not receive anything at all. And once the transaction is complete, it’s nearly impossible for them to get their money back.
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What can you do to protect yourself?
If the deal looks too-good-to-be-true, it very well may be. Unless it is a site you know is an established U.S. company, do a little checking on your great deal. Often these scammers use the image of celebrities (regularly stolen from across the web) to make you believe that you will receive the same look once you click on their product.
- We recommend that you shop with the names you’re already familiar with and trust. These companies are established and can be held accountable by the Federal Trade Commission and the BBB. Make sure there is a U.S. presence which can be reached by phone. Call it. Make sure you are speaking to a person who sounds like they are here in the US.
- Be on the lookout for Celebrity photos or photos with wigs or celebrities which don’t have a name or brand listed on each photo. Anytime there is a photo of a celebrity (or any model) hairstyle and not a wig… you can be sure you are getting a knockoff.
- Price is certainly a factor. Unless it is a clearance item on a reputable website designed to clear a few styles and or colors… it is unlikely any wig is going to be sold for discounts 50% or higher. When the entire selection of wigs are at such discounts, it’s a tell-tale sign of a knock off site.
- Payment options - if the site has a western union and/or wire transfers as payment options… look out!
Of course, these are some of the biggest flags to look for in protecting your shopping experience. The Scam sites are getting more sophisticated but you can still spot them if you are on the lookout for them. Sites like Wigsbuy.com, Wigsis.com, wigsfly.com, and many more are taking millions from consumers every year. We found these and several more sites to beware of on www.wigs-scam-alert.com.
There are predators loose within the wig industry. They are taking advantage of the growing popularity of wigs….and so many unsuspecting women. It isn’t right but it isn’t being stopped. Do the only thing we can… speak up and spread the word. If you’ve been fleeced by these scam sites, let us hear about your experience.