Clorox and Lysol cleaning products have been in such high demand amid the coronavirus pandemic that they've been sold out at stores where you'd typically buy them. Well, if you're searching for these sought-after cleaning products online, be wary of shopping at scam websites.
A federal court in Ohio—at the request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)—issued a temporary restraining order against 25 websites for allegedly claiming to sell Clorox and Lysol products and never delivering the cleaning and disinfecting products to customers who purchased them online. The FTC claims that none of the websites are owned by, affiliated with, or authorized to sell Lysol or Clorox products.
In some cases, the FTC says consumers were charged thousands of dollars for Lysol and Clorox products that never got delivered. Other consumers reported that when they tried to look for the fake website to get a refund, it was gone, and the defendants went on to set up a new site with a different URL. Some consumers were sent items they didn't order like socks, and others reported that the scam website used falsified shipping information, making it harder for them to get their charges reversed by their credit card company.
"The FTC is working hard to stop fraudsters who try to scam people with false promises of scarce cleaning supplies during the pandemic," Bureau of Consumer Protection Director Andrew Smith said in a news release. "If a seller seems to have items that are out of stock everywhere else, do an online search for complaints about the seller or website before you buy."
Here's the list of the scam websites to avoid:
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