Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Don’t Get Caught Out ...



Ever bought something online only to find out that it isn’t the real deal?

Quite often scammer emails, websites and adverts are based on legitimate businesses with actual logos and addresses which give the air of actuality. Payment is requested prior to the delivery of the goods. If the good do not arrive you suddenly find there is no way to contact the seller.

Payments can be “over-charged” to the credit card, with the seller, if being able to contacted for a refund will pay by cheque. And yes you have guessed - the cheque will probably bounce.

Stay one click ahead:

1. Think Twice

If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

2. Find out what others are saying

Make sure that the person you are dealing with and the offer are the real deal.

3. Protect your identity

Your personal details are private and invaluable – keep them that way and away from scammers

4. Keep your computer secure

Install software that protects your computer from viruses and unwanted programmes and make sure that it is kept up-to-date.

5. Only pay via secure payment methods

Look for web addresses starting with “https” and a closed padlock symbol. Never send money or give financial details to anyone you do not know and trust.

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