On The Money: Shop safely online

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

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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