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Purchasing online – do your homework

Fraudsters are fond of setting up fake e-commerce sites in times of crisis. Prior to making a purchase, read reviews to hear what others say about the merchant. In addition, look for a physical location and any customer service information. It’s also a good idea to call the merchant to confirm that they are legitimate.

Don’t trust all shopping apps

As a rule of thumb, you should never download apps that you’ve never heard of before. This is especially important when it comes to shopping apps, as they’ll eventually prompt you to provide your payment information. You can trust brands like Amazon and eBay, since they are well-known services that handle millions of transactions each […]

Don’t use debit cards for online shopping

When purchasing items online, try not to use your debit card, or any other payment method that directly links to your checking or savings account. Instead, use programs like PayPal or Google Pay to add a layer of protection between hackers and your bank accounts.

Consider your online payment options

Using a credit card is much better than using a debit card; there are more consumer protections for credit cards if something goes awry. Or, you can use a third-party payment service instead of your credit card. There are many services you can use to pay for purchases – like Google Pay –without giving the […]

Read seller reviews when shopping online

When you enter your payment information into a form online, you should be 100% sure that the source is trustworthy. Many scammers will pose as online sellers, or implant malware into the code of legitimate retailers with vulnerable pages. If you’re browsing on a site that you’re unfamiliar with, don’t buy anything without doing some […]

Watch out for ticket fraud

Is there an upcoming concert or a sporting event that you’re trying to buy cheap tickets for? Be careful. Selling fake tickets online is one of the top scams on the internet today. Fraudsters will pose as legitimate companies and post attractive ticket prices to trick you into sending them your payment credentials.