Shopping online is extremely popular nowadays, so it’s often easy to have a false sense of security when you’re entering your credit card information online. Unfortunately, you can easily become a victim of fraud, scams, and/or identity theft if you aren’t careful. The Freeshipping.com scam experts have put together a smart list four things you should watch for when you’re shopping online in order to avoid unnecessary shipping costs and related problems. We’ve also provided some tips for dealing with an online scam if it’s too late to prevent it.
· Check out customer feedback before you make a purchase.
Do they have a company Facebook page?
· Buy from users with a selling history.
It’s riskier to buy something online from a user with little to no selling history. That’s not to say that individuals who have never sold online before are out to scam you, but you should be a little more careful with newbies. Do research before making a major purchase, and investigate the website’s buying and selling policy to see if you’re covered in the event of a scam.
· Actually read the terms and conditions.
Reading the terms and conditions is the best thing you can do when you’re on a website and you want to ensure you’re legally covered when you make a purchase. Terms and conditions are long, dry documents, but reading them can be very enlightening. For example, you’ll want to know in advance that a company has a policy of charging a subscription fee to your account every month after you enter your credit card or bank account. This could be perfectly legitimate, and easily overlooked when you don’t read the details.
· Check the URL of the website you’re on.
Scam websites understand that they need to be convincing if they will be able to continue to get away with tricking and scamming people. Check the URL of the website you’re on to determine if it is a spoof site like “ebayz.com.” This is especially important before entering any login information that might be captures and used against you. Do the same before you open any URLs in emails from senders with whom you aren’t very familiar. If you do find that the URL is questionable, then cancel any information you’ve entered and close the browser window. This is a good way to protect your computer, too.
Carefully review Free Shipping conditions and you will see that, as with any reputable online company, their policies are spelled out for anyone to peruse. Some sites make it more difficult to understand their policies, which makes scamming an even bigger risk. If you are a victim of a scam, keep all evidence and report it to the police immediately. There is a chance that you could recover some or all of what you lost if you act quickly and report it to the authorities.