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With Many Retailers Offering Online Sales, Phony Sites Blend In


Stacie Odeneal, a 43-year-old child-welfare lawyer in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and mother of three, does most of her shopping on Instagram and Facebook because she finds it convenient. Late on the night of Thanksgiving, she came across a Facebook ad offering discounts on Bombas socks. She had heard good things about the brand, and she wanted to hurry and buy before the sale disappeared.But when she saw an unfamiliar charge on her credit card from a company that appeared to be based in Asia, she knew something was wrong. She soon l …

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