With just one click, online shopping has provided us the convenience to buy products from the comfort of our homes. But as online shopping gains more popularity, so do ONLINE SCAMS! In this video, Josh shares 5 tips that you can use to avoid online shopping scams.
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With the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, an increasing number of consumers have resorted to online shopping. Unfortunately, many internet scammers are taking advantage of this significant shift to the digital world.
And so, while online shopping is convenient, consumers must always be cautious when sharing information online.
There are 5 things you can start doing today to protect yourself from the most common online shopping scams.
- Look for the Lock: Look for the padlock next to the URL. This ensures that the website you are viewing has a verified SSL certificate.
- Don’t Use the Debit: Debit offers very little fraud protection and it is directly tied to your bank account. Instead, always try to mask your financial information by using a virtual card. Learn more about virtual cards here.
- Check for Credibility: It’s hard to recognize whether a website is legit or not, so you just have to be extra careful with what links you click. This is true of shopping, but it’s also the same with email phishing scams. But there are a couple of ways you can check the credibility of a website including double checking the URL in sites like IsLegitSite.com, searching for off-site reviews on Google, checking the Better Business Bureau, and simply listening to your intuition.
- Turn Away If It’s Too Good to be True: Don’t be the person who gets too excited with an undeniably amazing deal. If a product is advertised at a significantly lower price, it’s probably a scam or there are other hidden costs.
- Fake the Facts: Only input information that is needed. As much as possible, limit how many online accounts have your information. This includes a number of techniques such as masking your email, which is one of the new privacy features of iOS 15.
Remember! The Internet is a dark place where your personal information could get stolen from you. There are many scammers online, but you can protect yourself easily if you are both cautious and aware.