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How to avoid fraudulent promotions

It is well known, the promotions are not always those which one thinks, understand: it is necessary to open the eye and the good one. Because behind the seduction of the reductions, the professionals are champions to make you think that you are going to get a good deal. Advice from Fanny Guinochet.

franceinfo: How to avoid certain scams or traps?

Fanny Guinochet: First, the good news is that since yesterday, the rules have been tightened thanks to a European directive transposed into French law. No longer possible to offer false bargains or promotions that are not, by playing on the labels. Indeed, the prices are inflated to entice you to buy.

This will be better controlled at least on the Internet, but this classic scam also exists in shops. To avoid being fooled by inconsistent crossed-out reference prices, check the price of the product in another store…

And right now, online scams are on the rise…

They have tripled in one year. The most common: offer you fake discount coupons that you print to then present them in supermarkets and which are in fact fake. The goal of scammers is to recover your details, especially bank details. So be careful, especially with offers made via social networks, on Facebook, etc. We pay less attention because it is the network of our acquaintances and friends.

The first thing if you have a doubt to do is to check the address, the referencing of the site, but beware, there may also be fraudulent advertisements on official sites! Look on the forums too, in general, you are rarely the first to whom this happens, and Internet users will have reported it. You can consult the site

Without forgetting the subscription scams?

This time, we attract you with a product at a bargain price, a Dyson vacuum cleaner, an Apple smartphone, a thermomix, a coffee maker at a very advantageous price. A priori, the offer is clear, but in fact, it hides the subscription of a monthly subscription, often hidden in the general conditions of sale that we do not take the time to read.

And you end up getting debited every month. Know that you have a withdrawal period on the Internet, so the best thing is to realize it as soon as possible, alert your bank, oppose it, and declare the embezzlement to the customs department.

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