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Three top tips for safer shopping online

on Wed, 20/11/2019 - 8:29pm
Tip #1 - Only buy from websites you know
 
It’s worth thinking twice about online offers from unknown brands selling luxury items at bargain prices. Avoid clicking on sales links in emails as these can lead to fake websites that look like the real thing – type the website name directly into the address bar instead, and search for reviews before purchasing. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
 
Tip #2 - Use a secure payment method
 
Never use a bank transfer to pay someone you don’t know, even if you are buying something through a social media site. Bank transfers make it much harder to get your money back if things go wrong. To make sure you stay safe, don’t transfer money to sellers, only pay by debit or credit card.
 
Tip #3 - Look for the padlock symbol
 
The padlock symbol in the address bar means that your connection is secure, but be aware – it does not necessarily mean the website is genuine. Try to avoid online shopping on public Wi-Fi hotspots too, as fraudsters are sometimes able to hack the network and steal any personal information you share.