There are many factors that determine if a website is real or is a scam. I’m going to list the most normal ones.

  • SSL certificate A real store is that when you enter with the browser shows you as a secure site. The fraudsters usually forget to put it.
  • Payment gateway. Another important point to know if it is a fake online store is that they do not have a payment gateway and only have the cards. But have gateways such as Paypal or Stripe (which are the most used) or WesterUnion that should make you suspect. If it’s a real company, it should tell you how and where to return a faulty item.
  • Texts without translation. Normally when you browse these pages, they usually have untranslated texts. Some in English or other languages. That is also a sign to know if it is a fake online store.
  • Lack of data of the company. In the pages where the privacy policy goes, the name of the company must come. Normally this does not come. This is another indicator that the online store is false.
  • Social networks. Fake websites have Icons of social networks that do not point to any profile. 
  • Read online reviews. Look at reviews across a number of sources, which aggregate customer reviews. You should also check the company’s social media pages for recent activity and to see what other people are posting on their social channels.