We all love the benefits of online shopping including convenience, a wide variety of choices, time savings, access to discounts and deals and the ability to compare prices easily. However, due to the prevalence of scams, be sure to familiarize yourself with some of the ways you can guard yourself against the risks of online shopping.
Phishing Emails: Beware of deceptive emails posing as reputable retailers
Fake Websites: Watch out for fraudulent sites mimicking legitimate stores.
Identifying Legitimate Websites:
Check the URL: Look for misspellings or unusual characters.
HTTPS: Ensure the website URL starts with “https://.”
Research the Seller:
Read Reviews: Check customer reviews on independent platforms.
Verify contact information: Confirm the seller’s details, like a physical address.
Use Credit Cards: They offer extra protection and are easier to dispute.
Avoid Wire Transfers: Opt for secure payment methods.
Follow Trusted Sources: Stay updated on scams by following reputable online security sources.
FTC Consumer Advice:
U.S. News & World Report: