Kalila Sangster, 23 December 2020
Nearly 21% of Shopify (SHOP) stores pose a fraud risk to their customers, according to new analysis by e-commerce authentication service Fakespot. Nearly 26,000 of the 124,000 Shopify stores analysed by Fakespot were “related to fraudulent practices,” says Fakespot. Around 39% of those were found to be “problematic sellers,” with issues of counterfeit products, possible brand infringements or a poor reputation.
Some 28% were possible scam stores, with privacy leaks and suspiciously cheap listings and just under 17% had negative reports from consumers, while 10% had no history of any transactions. “We recognise there will be those — however few they may be relative to our base of more than 1 million merchants — that may abuse our service, and we take this matter seriously,” Shopify said in a statement to the BBC.
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