If so, learn how to protect yourself from identity theft and other online crimes.
Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America, with the average victim spending 175 hours and $1000.00 repairing the damage. Cyber criminals continue to aggressively create new ways to steal money and personal information. Scammers use many techniques to fool potential victims including fraudulent auction sales, reshipping merchandise purchased with a stolen credit card, and sale of fraudulent or stolen gift cards through auction sites at a discounted price.
So, please take a few minutes from your busy holiday season and learn about how you can protect yourself from these common shopping scams. Thank you to the Private Rights Clearinghouse for these tips and suggestions:
- Shop at Secure Web Sites
- Research the Web Site before You Order
- Read the Web Site’s Privacy and Security Policies
- Be Aware of Cookies and Behavioral Marketing
- What’s Safest: Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Cash, or Checks?
- Never Give Out Your Social Security Number
- Disclose Only the Bare Facts When You Order
- Keep Your Password Private
- Check the Web Site Address
- Don’t Fall for “Phishing” Messages
- Always Print or Save Copies of Your Orders
- Shop with Companies Located in the United States
- Pay Attention to Shipping Facts
- Learn the Merchant’s Cancellation, Return and Complaint-Handling Policies
- Use Shopper’s Intuition
- Be Wary of Identity Theft
- Consider Using Single-use Card Numbers
- Be Cautious with Electronic Signatures
- Know How Online Auctions Operate
- Understand Your Responsibility for Sales and Use Taxes Online
- Be Aware of Dynamic Pricing
- Additional Resources
For more info on how to protect yourself from online frauds visit: Internet Fraud Prevention NY.