Scottish Daily Mail - - Money Mail -

CERYS TRAY­LOR bought what she thought was a Dyson hairdryer in Au­gust last year after spot­ting a good deal on Face­book.

The hairdryer, which usu­ally re­tails at £300, was be­ing ad­ver­tised for just £50.

Cerys, 28, says she was sus­pi­cious about the price but thought there was no harm in click­ing through to the web­site to find out more. The site looked of­fi­cial and was heav­ily branded with the Dyson logo.

A num­ber of glow­ing re­views were fea­tured on the site, which she now be­lieves to be fake. Cerys, who works in mar­ket­ing, was also re­as­sured by the fact she could pay us­ing her PayPal ac­count. PayPal’s buyer pro­tec­tion cov­ers cus­tomers in the event the item does not ar­rive or is not as de­scribed.

Six weeks later a pack­age ar­rived from China con­tain­ing not a hairdryer but a USB fan.

There was no de­liv­ery note or re­ceipt so Cerys re­ported the mat­ter to PayPal, which, for­tu­nately, re­funded her a few weeks later.

The web­site dis­ap­peared but Cerys found

other cus­tomers on­line who had been scammed in a sim­i­lar way

She says: ‘I like to think I’m savvy, but I was had. I see ad­verts on Face­book for sim­i­lar sites all the time. The other day I saw an ad­vert for cash­mere jog­gers for $9 (£7). There is no way they were real. There are go­ing to be loads of fake deals like this ahead of Christ­mas.’

Cerys, from Yate, South Glouces­ter­shire, says she now sticks to brands she knows, uses se­cure web­sites and pays via PayPal.

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