At this hectic time of year, on-line shopping can be a convenient way to get your purchases made without having to face the mad rush of the mall scene. On-line sale are up almost 20% over last years sales*. It’s also the season for on-line scams….so buyer beware! Here are a few tips to help keep you and your money safe this holiday season and through out the year.
-Smart scammers can replicate a retail shops web page to steal your credit card info. Make sure you see the “https” in the address bar along with the locked padlock symbol, especially during checkout.
-If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. You may receive a counterfeit version of what you ordered….or nothing at all.
-Call the company if you have questions or doubts. Also, check the email address of the company. It should match the name of the store.
-Make sure the email your receive is legit. Type the address for the store manually and verify the deal that’s being offered. Don’t click links in your email if you are not sure who its from.
-Holiday cards have gone digital these days and most require that you click a link in order to view the card. By clicking the link you may unwittingly download malware that could be used to steal your personal info. So again, make sure to verify who sent the email!
*Info gathered from TechCrunch post.