Shown above is a typical fake Dewalt store listing that’s meant to scam you. There have been quite a few of these scam stores popping up via Google Shopping ads, Facebook ads, and other such platforms.
I’ve provided tips on how to check tool stores for red flags, and have been trying to spread awareness about these scams by following recent trends.
Dewalt has set up a new landing page which encourages customers to shop safe.
Here’s what Dewalt says:
We have recently become aware of scam websites posing as the official DEWALT® account or as a legitimate sales platform for DEWALT products. These websites have also been advertising on a number of social media networks, such as Facebook, offering DEWALT products at prices that are too good to be true, such as a drill and impact driver combo kit for $2.
Don’t fall for such tricks. These scam websites are basically trying to get your credit card information or non-refundable payments from you.
Please know that DEWALT Industrial Tools does not sell tools directly to end users via online platforms. You can verify whether a website is an authorized reseller by visiting the Authorized Retailer list on the DEWALT website.
They also provide advice for anyone who was tricked into providing their payment information to a suspected scammer:
Tell your financial institution as soon as possible so they can put a hold on your account and prevent further charges against it.
Please contact us so that we can investigate the scammer.
It’s good to see big brands responding to these scam practices with cautionary statements and new reporting practices.
While fake tool store scams have been around for several years, a recent trend involves lookalike sites using trademarked branding, and even code and imagery ripped straight out of their pages.
Many readers believe that they’d never fall for scams like these, and that’s good. But, these scams are definitely tricking a lot of people out of their hard-earned money. Fake tool stores have become much more convincing, and the scams won’t stop on their own.