Entertainment News – Planning to knock out some of your holiday shopping on Cyber Monday? Take advantage of the sales and the free shipping offers, but don’t let scammers take advantage of you. The Better Business Bureau offers these tips for staying safe online but they apply World Wide:
- Free Gift Cards: Be wary of unsolicited texts or emails offering “contest winners” free gift cards. Responding to texts indicates that phone numbers are active and recipients will likely be spammed more.
- Bogus Coupons: Watch for fake downloadable coupons that could wreak havoc on computers and provide digital identity thieves with personal information.
- Exceptionally-Low Prices: Avoid too-good-to-be-true offers. Extremely low or unrealistic prices on in-demand or hard-to-find goods are a red flag that retailers may not be legitimate.
- Blurry or Distorted Photos: Ignore websites with lousy images. If images are unclear or skewed, it may indicate that they were hijacked and reused from other sources. Vendors of authentic products will provide clear, high-quality photos.
- Questionable Licensing: Shop elsewhere if background information cannot be verified. Reputable e-tailers will display contact information and have the proper licenses for the state where they claim to be located.
- Unsecure Payment Forms: Don’t enter personal data or pay on for purchases on unencrypted Web pages; secured sites will display “https” in the address bar.
- Privacy Policies: Don’t be careless with personal information. Only do business with websites that clearly outline how personal information will be handled and avoid companies that will sell that information to third-parties. Privacy policies should be easily accessible from website landing pages.
- Start with trust. Go to http://www.bbb.org and check out the business or to find a BBB Accredited Business you can trust and to make sure you are dealing with a reputable business that will guarantee the sale prices they claim to have.
From the Better Business Bureau