On The Money: Shop safely online
Online shopping continues to gain in popularity among consumers, and the end-of-year holiday shopping season is no exception.
A simple mistake or assumption about a retail website’s security, however, can increase the possibility of fraud or even identity theft.
Several websites offer good advice about shopping safely online. Here are some locales worth a visit:
—OnGuardOnline.com: Presents basic, yet key safety tips for online shopping. http:/// www.onguardonline.gov/articles/0020-shopping-online
—Better Business Bureau: Offers 10 online shopping safety tips for the holiday season. http:/// www.bbb.org/us/article/cyber-monday-great-deals-to-be-had-but-watch-out-for-scams-30795
—FindLaw: Highlights steps to avoid scams and maximize a safe online shopping experience. http://consumer.findlaw.com/consumer-transactions/how-do-i-shop-safely-online.html
—Safeshopping.org: Features 10 tips to review before embarking on an online shopping spree. http:/// www.safeshopping.org/tips.shtml
—AARP: Offers safety tips for shopping from non-retail sellers, such as online classifieds, auctions and marketplaces. http:/// www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-09-2012/how-to-shop-safely-online.html
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