You’re scrolling through Instagram when you spot them: Nike Air Jordan 12 sneakers. You’ve been saving up for a pair for months. The caption reads: “Special sale! $100 today only. Hurry!”
Just $100? The price is usually around $200! You immediately message the account, and the seller says paying by app is fastest. You imagine the Jordans on your feet as you click to pay.
Then you wait, and wait, and wait—but the shoes never show up. What happened?
It sounds like you got scammed. A scam is a trick designed to cheat someone out of something.
Usually scammers are trying to steal your money, but sometimes they’re after personal information such as your address, which can help them open a credit card in your name.
In 2021, online scammers managed to steal more than $100 million from people under the age of 20.
Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself. Keep reading to learn how to spot three common online scams.