I'm looking to do more shopping online over the holidays. Do you have some tips for safe online shopping?
Consumers do need to be careful about how and where they make purchases over the Internet. Shopping online is expected to increase during the holidays, so offerings from legitimate as well as fraudulent retailers will likely show a corresponding increase.
The American Bar Association makes a variety of safe online shopping tips available. The major recommendations from the ABA are to ensure you use a secure connection and purchase with a credit card.
Other suggestions from the ABA include:
• Print the terms. You should print out and date a copy of terms, conditions, warranties, item description, company information, even confirming e-mails, and save them with your records of your purchase.
Here is a link to these and other online shopping tips by the ABA: http://www.safeshopping.org/tips.shtml.