Everyone thinks that he or she knows how to score when it comes to online shopping but guys, scammers are far ahead of you. In the United Kingdom, right before Christmas, victims lose an estimated £893 ($1,183) in the hands of online scammers which is more than double the average festive budget of buyers. Samantha White, who works at Barclays and helps to protect customers from scammers, warned,
“While families across the U.K. are preparing to enjoy the festive season, criminals are getting ready to pounce on anyone who lets their guard down.”
Following are the tips which can make your online shopping experience much safer:
- Research: Do a proper research before making a final decision. Make sure that the retailer website you’re on has the padlock symbol and “https” in the address bar.
- Search the domain name on a domain search website to check the create date.
- Don’t log in to public Wi-Fi.
- Beware of websites that only accept money orders or wire transfers.
- Never share your PIN or online banking password because an ideal website never asks for this.
- Monitor your bank balance so that the moment you spot any irregularities you can report the fraudulent transaction.