I was a victim of online fraud! Not in the usual sense, but read further for the whole story. I started shopping online a couple years ago because it is easy and I can find the lowest prices by just using a shopping bot. Although I am hardly a big time shopper, I have bought a variety of products online.
My shopping consists mostly of replacing worn out products and this was no different. I used my usual shopping bots which allows me to be very specific in my choices. There was a website that looked just like an authentic company website, but wasn’t. Their products were cheap knock offs of quality products made in Southeast Asia, although I did not know this at the time.I ordered my product and was given a confirmation and tracking number.
I thought something went astray when I tracked my package to China. A week later I received my product (athletic shoes) and I could tell it was a knock off. I am in the midst of returning it and they will credit my account or I will protest the charge with my credit card company. Either way, I won’t pay for it! I feel a little duped, but I learned something from this experience so all is not lost. I can still identify the best or my favorite articles of the week. This makes a good segue to today’s picks for Friday Night Links.
The following articles caught my attention:
Live Real, Now – How to Save
Million Dollar Journey – Saving Strategy: Quit Smoking
Money Talks -Trying to Get My Daughter to Save
Money Crush – Who Else Wants Financial Independence?
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I read more than five hundred (500) articles a week and I highlight just five (5) in my Friday Night Links. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is! Thanks for reading Friday Night Links Fraud Edition.
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Thanks for reading Friday Night Links Fraud Edition.