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Online Shopping: Safeguarding Your Experience

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. 

Common Scams:

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.

Secure Payments:

Use Credit Cards: They offer extra protection and are easier to dispute.

Avoid Wire Transfers: Opt for secure payment methods.

Stay Informed:

Follow Trusted Sources: Stay updated on scams by following reputable online security sources.

Additional Resources:

PC Magazine:

10 Tips for Safer Online Shopping | PCMag

FTC Consumer Advice: 

Online Shopping | Consumer Advice

Compras en internet | Consumer Advice

Wells Fargo:

How to Recognize Common Scams & Cyber Threats | Wells Fargo

U.S. News & World Report:

Online Shopping Scams to Avoid This Holiday Season | Personal Finance | U.S. News

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