We live in a world that is very busy where there is no time to lose, and Internet purchases are becoming more and more popular by the fact of saving time and be very convenient, but the risk of not getting what we buy is also much higher. Just imagine how depressing that can be when you ask for a bodice without sleeves that you loved, and you get a magnificent garment… for your cat. That is why everyone should know the dangers of online shopping.
Great.guru made a collection of the most useful tips that you need to know to buy online safely.
1. Verifies the identity of the seller
Whenever you buy online, check the website for contact details to verify if it really exists. The things that should be clearly mentioned are: the company name, address, email address, a contact form and a phone number. Do not rely on any web site just because you have an extension to european or american, that does not mean that it is necessarily located in that country.
2. Always check the comments section
There is a clear reason behind the fact that the biggest sellers online, such as eBay, have a comments section. This is done so that new consumers can be sure that you are dealing with a person or company is reliable and that the prior sales were made without any problems. So make sure you get a clear opinion based on reviews or ratings before buying something on-line.
3. Don’t provide too much information
The only information that you should require an online purchase are the details of your credit card information, address and phone number. If the web site asks you for something extra, such as your social security number, you should begin to suspect.
4. Ask for tagged photos
When you make a purchase online there is always the risk that the photo of the article does not belong to the seller and has been removed from the internet. And when you receive your purchase, you can be totally different to what you expected. A solution here is to ask the seller to send you a tagged photo, this could be a piece of paper with your name and today’s date or anything you ask for. If you do not, is a big reason to suspect that something is not right.
5. Make purchases only on secure sites of the web.
Do not trust web sites that do not have encrypted secure sockets layer (SSL — Secure Sockets Layer). And you can verify this in several ways: a padlock symbol should appear in the address bar of your browser, and the first few letters in the address bar should change from “http” to “https,” especially when you get to the stage of payment for the online purchase.
6. Check your account statements regularly.
You must check the electronic statements for your credit card, debit card and checking accounts regularly instead of waiting for the physical bill. This is important to control any fraudulent charges and take immediate action, calling the number of the issuer of the card.
7. Investigates the overall design of the web site
Query to fund the vendor’s website to be sure that you look professional. Most of the fake web sites appear strange: they have spelling errors, low-quality images of the products they sell, and so on. In addition to being careful with the excessive use of words such as “cheap” and “direct selling”. Professional salespeople call such things “great deals”.
9. Check your consumer rights in the web site of the merchant
Online sellers should provide correct and clear information about your rights as a consumer. For example, your right to return the item within 14 days or a legal guarantee of at least 2 years. If the trader does not have anything like this mentioned on their web site, consider not buying anything from there.
10. Do not buy if it seems too good to be true
Everything in our world has its price. If an article on a website of shopping online is too cheap, you should suspect something, of course, it is possible that there are great deals to be had. However, if the retailer is not popular and does not have a reputation, don’t risk it because this is the main way in which the scammers call your attention. Without a doubt, you should know if the image of an article does not belong to the seller because, again, the price may be appropriate for the article of poor quality or if this is a clone when you receive it.
11. Pay with a secure means of payment
When you pay something online, you need to follow these 3 golden rules:
- Always pay on a secure page (that shows a padlock or a logo key, and a URL that begins with “https”).
- Pay with credit card if possible, since you can recover your money from the issuer of the credit card in case of fraud.
- Completely avoids the direct cash transfers (like Western Union, MoneyGram, and so on).
12. Always use registered shipments
In the first place, recorded delivery gives you a tracking number in the event that you’re absent when you deliver the purchase, or if you have lost. It also requires a signature at the time of delivery, so you can test if it was received by you or not. Everything is perfectly covered with a recorded delivery, so why not use this type of delivery?
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