Shop Safely Online This Holiday Season

Shop On Secure Websites
Shop On Secure Websites
Make sure you are on a secure website before you type in your credit card number. You can tell if it is safe by looking at the web address. You will see “http” just before the “www.” Before you give your account information, make sure you see an "s" either before or after the “http.” It should look like “https://www” or “shttp://www.” Think of the "s" as being safe and secure!
Visit The Better Business Bureau Website
Visit The Better Business Bureau Website
Know who you’re dealing with. If you're thinking about buying something from a site you've never visited, check the Better Business Bureau website to make sure the site is in good standing.
Read Return Policies
Read Return Policies
Look closely at the return policies, restocking fees and shipping costs to make sure your online purchase is worth the risk if you need to send it back. If you're shopping at the website of a local store, check to see if you can return it to the store if needed to avoid any cost or hassle.
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Print A Record Of Your Transaction
Like store receipts, print a record of your online transaction and all communications regarding your purchase. Doing so can save you potential problems down the road.
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Understand Shipping Delivery Agreements
Understand shipping delivery times and agreements. Make sure you are confident that your purchases will arrive on time.
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Read The Privacy Policy
Read The Privacy Policy
Read the privacy policy. Make sure the website is not disclosing your information to questionable third parties.
Enable Your Firewall
Enable Your Firewall
Enable your firewall and anti-virus software so that hackers cannot easily access your private information.
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Use A Secure Internet Connection
Only make purchases via a secure internet connection. Unsecured wireless internet is particularly vulnerable to hacker attacks.
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Be Aware Of Fake Websites
Be Aware Of Fake Websites
Make sure you are at the correct website. There are fake websites designed to look exactly like large online researchers. Look at the URL at the top of your web browser to make sure the website address is spelled correctly.
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Check Your Credit Card Statements
Check your credit card statements to make sure that no extraneous charges were billed to your account. Report any fraudulent charges to your credit card company immediately.
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File A Complaint With the Attorney General
File A Complaint With the Attorney General
If you encounter any problems, file an online complaint with the Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection and call their toll-free hotline at 1-800-441-2555.

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One Comment

  1. Marvin/ Geri Washington says:

    My wife and I are seniors who are living in slumlord conditions. My wife (62) and I (soon to be 60), suffering a work related injury since Nov. 2009. The landlord promised to paint and do other things in the apt. She has multiple properties and we are the only ones living in this “3” story bldg. on the “2nd” floor. WE have peeling paint over the kitchen table, have to pay an electric bill if our budget goes over $25 while we never see a bill, she put a partial railing up the 16 stairs to theour floor. I use a cane and crutches and the short rail makes it hard to get up the stairs! My Mom who is in Phila. is “98”, in a nursing home, and we’re trying to prepare to get there as she is in the last stages of Dementia. I’m an honorably discharged Marine Veteran who suffers depression and anxiety, but the killer is that the landlord has tapped into our gas to heat her basement pipes and we recieved a bill last mth. in excess of $450 which we can,t pay and it’s going to be a problem trying to get her to pay it. We are praying for your help as the gas co. stated that we would have to pay and collect from her for it. I served my country as did my wife, can’t afford legal help and wish you could help us old people as we are human to!!! 551 Chautauqua St., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15214 (Northside). Please help!!!!!!!! 412-537-9770 Please contact us for more morbid details.

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