Online Shopping Scams

Online deals are often a good buy, but beware of scams.

What can you do?

  • Use domestic retail websites when possible – it will be more likely that you can sort out any problems.
  • Do your research – check reviews before buying.
  • Use credit cards – you have more chances of getting you money back.
  • Pay only by using a secure payment service – Are they asking for a money transfer service or a wire transfer? Think twice!
  • Pay only when connected to a secure internet connection – avoid using free or open public wifi.
  • Pay only on a safe device – Keep your operating system and security software up to date.
  • Beware of ads offering outrageous deals or miracle products – If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • A pop-up ad stating you have won a prize? Think twice, you might just win malware.
  • If the product doesn’t arrive, contact the seller. If there is no answer, contact your bank.
Always report any suspected fraud attempt to the police, even if you are not a victim of it.