If you’re a 20-something millennial who has never shopped online, wow, you’re a rare breed. Online shopping is so common nowadays because 1) we are too busy hustling to visit brick-and-mortar stores regularly, 2) it’s so convenient to have things delivered to your doorstep, and 3) you can get items from foreign websites or that are otherwise not available in Singapore. Of course, it helps that sometimes, the items are cheaper online too.

With the popularity of online shopping, scammers have taken the opportunity to cheat shoppers of their money in various ways, from fake ads to fake lucky draws.

The Straits Times reported that the Singapore Police Force released a statement yesterday, stating that they are investigating 278 scam cases, and most of those involved online purchases.

Between January and September, 192 cases of scams were reported, involving fake lucky draws purportedly run by online shopping sites Lazada and Shopee. Victims were cheated of at least $194,000.

But with such ads looking so legitimate, how can one tell the difference when all you want is a good deal?

Pamela Ong, Head of Sales at cybersecurity solutions provider ESET, dishes some tips. Scroll through the gallery to start shopping safely.

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