Can You Tell When An Instagram Ad Is Suspicious? Here’s How

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One of the reasons that ‘what I ordered’ vs ‘what I got’ keeps happening is because most people can’t tell when an Instagram ad is suspicious. This quick explainer will open your eyes to some of the basic tells that an ad you’re looking at online is fishy.

The Prices Are Too Good To Be True

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The prices are too good to be true. When you see an ad for an item that you know should be more expensive than the price listed, an alarm goes off in your head. Most of us go ahead and buy that thing anyway because we want that once-in-a-lifetime deal. If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is.

‘DM For Price’

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‘DM for price’ isn’t only the most annoying thing when it comes to shopping online. It’s also a way that people who sell on Instagram can vary their prices depending on the customer. If a business won’t disclose the price of an item underneath their post when you leave a comment, then there’s definitely some fishy business going on.

Don’t Order From Random Websites Without Doing Your Research

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Another thing you’ll come across when you’re on Instagram (even though you didn’t ask for it) is sponsored posts that redirect you to an e-commerce website. These websites might claim they deliver to Ghana but sometimes, they’re just fronts for collecting credit and/or debit card information. If you’re making a purchase on a strange website, make sure to look into the website first.



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