Tips for Avoiding Fraud
In this highly computerized global community, the use of the internet has become a normal way to surf the net and shop Unfortunately, there are criminals out there who try to take advantage of people in order to steal their money and identityIn this highly computerized global community, the use of the internet has become a normal way to surf the net and shop. Unfortunately, there are criminals out there who try to take advantage of people in order to steal their money and identity. However, there are now effective ways of avoiding being a victim of fraud. Before you use the internet, you should know how to recognize fraud activity.
The following are a number of tips to help you avoid fraud:
1. If you are going to make a purchase from an online retailer, make sure that you know that the site is legitimate. Check with the Better Business Bureau or check online sites that keep lists of scams and fraudulent sites. Make sure there is a legitimate address such as contact phone number and physical address. Be wary of sites from a foreign country that you have never purchased products from.
2. Check to see if the company is part of a compliancy program that requires that the company meet specific security standards. Also check for a trustmark logo on the site. This will tell you that the site maintains effective security practices for protecting your personal and financial information.
3, Check to see how long the site has been in operation. Be wary of newly opened online retailers as some fraudsters open sites for a brief period and then shut them down.
4. If you receive an email saying you won money but have to pay for the processing and transfer of the payment, it is a scam and you should delete the email right away and report it to the Better Business Bureau or Fraud protection website. If you keep receiving suspicious emails, reply and ask to be taken off their list or block the senders email address.
5. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of an offer. Sometimes there is a statement saying the seller will continue to charge your credit card unless you cancel the order. Make sure you understand cancellation policies, return policies, and refund policies. You should also know the terms of the warranty.
5. If you feel you are being pushed to make a purchase such as if they say the special offer will expire if you don?t act now, forget about it and just move on to another site or delete the email.
6 If you enjoy entering contests, there are many online contests. Be careful about the type of contests that you enter. If they want any personal or financial information, or they want you to pay to enter the contest, leave that site.
7. Beware of fraudulent impostor websites. There are sites that look like real websites of brand name companies. Look at unusual website URLs and poorly designed websites with spelling and grammar errors.
8. Never give out your personal information. Don?t send your banking and credit card information to anyone who sends you an unsolicited email. As well, don?t give anyone your social security number. Watch out for imposture emails claiming to be from your bank. No bank or legitimate business will ask you to email your personal information and banking information. It is important to never give out any of your passwords and change them frequently.
9. The best way to pay for a product online is to use a credit card because you can dispute the charges if there is a problem.
There are many criminals hunting for innocent people to prey upon so that they can steal their money and life. It is important to know how to protect yourself to avoid being a victim of fraud.
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