Educational Consumer Tips
One of the best ways you can protect yourself from fraud and other online criminal activity is to know who you are doing business with. While many Web sites and emails are designed to look professional and secure, there are often telltale signs that can help you identify ones you want to avoid. The Better Business Bureau has information about online fraud. For more information, see (http://www.bbb.org/us/article/shopping-safely-online-407)
Additional BBB tips to ensure safely doing business: Don’t rely on a professional looking Web site as proof of a company’s quality or good reputation. Investigate a company or seller before you buy. Find out where a company is physically located to help avoid overseas. offshore or other scams. Never give out your bank account number, credit card number, or personal information unless you’re certain a company is legitimate. Pay for your purchases by credit card which can be protected under the Fair Credit Billing Act. Start with a small, inexpensive purchase to see how the company handles your order. Find out about a company’s return and refund policies before you purchase. Always use a secure Internet browser that “encrypts” or scrambles your personal or financial information.