Here are some tips to ensure that your online shopping experience remains safe and enjoyable:

  • Make sure that you are doing business with a reputable Internet merchant. Check with the Better Business Bureau or state and local consumer agencies, and look for the following information on the website to check if a merchant is reputable:
  • Privacy Policy – A reputable website often has a clearly stated privacy policy in an accessible place.
  • Information about the offer – Make sure that you learn all you can about the offer, and how to contact the company if you have a question.
  • Information about the merchant – Find the company’s address and telephone number.
  • Your computer browser can tell you if the place where you are about to send the information is secure. If you cannot determine this, do not put your payment card information over the Internet.
  • Guard your personal information. Don’t provide information that you are uncomfortable giving. Never give anyone personal passwords.
  • Keep records. Print out all information about online purchases.
  • Pay with a payment card – as this is often the safest way to pay online. In North America, the cardholder has the right to dispute charges if the goods or services were misrepresented or never delivered. And cardholders are not responsible for fraudulent purchases made on their account.
  • Be careful of e-mail requests for personal information, especially when they come from companies that should already possess such data. Do not click on the links provided in such e-mails.