As internet shopping and online ordering of goods and services becomes indispensable with each passing day, it is not surprising that cyber crime mongers are finding new ways of making a fast buck online.
To protect the American consumers falling prey in their lure for internet shopping, The Federal Trade Commission has advised online shoppers to keep the following tips in mind before they proceed to pay for their purchases.
1. Have complete knowledge about what you intend to buy along with the terms and conditions related to the purchase. The coupons for discounts should be purchased from genuine websites and care should be taken to make sure that they are not fakes.
2. Be careful about giving out personal information related to your credit card details. Emailing your financial information or clicking on links that are not directly related to your internet shopping should be avoided.
4. Downloading free screensavers, images, videos, freeware can prove to be extremely costly while you innocently indulge in internet shopping as they can be carriers of virus and malware.
5. Internet shopping requires payments through Pay pal or charge cards and care should be taken to carefully monitor the financial statements after the transactions are over. This to make sure that you have been debited only for the sanctioned amounts of the transaction.
Pay pal has become the most indispensable tool for online shoppers and internet shopping is deemed to be incomplete without its services.
The new age shopping is increasingly moving away from conventional retail stores to e-malls. Under the circumstances it is important to be aware about the dangers that may be involved in internet shopping and care must be taken to deal with the same in a proactive manner.