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Staying Safe While Shopping Online

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Buying online is one of the most convenient ways to get the products that you want and what you need. It’s so much more convenient that you can do this from wherever you are on your smartphone. When something comes to mind that you just have to get, you can buy it wherever you are. You won’t have to worry about forgetting about doing it when you get home.

With so many online stores out there, you will be spoilt for choice, and with the opportunity to buy from Facebook, eBay, and so many other places, the world is your oyster.

But there are problems with buying online too that you need to consider. While the majority of sites and products that you will find online are legitimate, there are many scammers out there that are waiting to exploit shoppers, and you should be aware of the things that you should look out for when buying online.

Fake Goods
With hot demand for big-name products, there is a massive market online for fake goods. Scammers seize the chance that buyers cannot inspect the items close up before buying them, making it easier to sell counterfeit goods.

The internet is rife with everything from counterfeit electrical items right through to fake outdoor apparel. The bigger the brand, the more chance you will have of coming across a fake online.

While many marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay and Facebook do have control over the selling community to prevent this type of behaviour, it does not mean that you won’t still find it. Read customer reviews on the seller and look for a good history of genuine looking sales. Try and look for anything that jumps out as being suspicious before you commit to buying anything. While you may be protected by major sites that offer individuals to sell through them, that does not mean that you can’t lose all of your money or get scammed in other ways.

Fake Websites
A problem that is prevalent is fake websites. Having a cloned version of a popular site will make you trust that it is real. A good imitation may have enough products and contents on it to make it seem real. However, the site just acts as a way of obtaining your bank account and other personal details, opening you up to fraud. It may be just a front to get you to enter your login details if you believe that it is a site that you visit regularly.

Think about where you have found the link to the website. If you have been sent it, or have seen it shared on social media, it could be a phishing link that has been sent to you to get your details. Look for the security certificates on a website before you decide to buy it. Make sure your browser is not trying to warn you about anything. You should also look at the web address and check the spelling and punctuation within the link. If something looks wrong about that site, close it and then open a fresh browser window and google the site for yourself.

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