Last Updated: 2012-11-26 21:46:49 UTC
by John Bambenek (Version: 1)
'Tis the season of online shopping with more of your shopping online than ever before. As the old saying goes, "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog" (*), how do your users know that they are buying from a safe vendor? In timely news, the US Federal Government shut down 132 "fake online shopping sites" for selling counterfeit goods. Our own Dr. Johannes wrote this piece in Forbes today with 7 safe steps to stay safe shopping online today:
- Stick to Sellers you Know
- Don't Trust Customer Reviews Blindly
- Be Careful with "Phishing"
- Watch Your Credit Card Statement Carefully
- Be a Cautious Seller
- Be Careful When and How to Meet a Craigslist Seller
- Don't Buy Stolen Property
Read the whole thing for more explicit details and share with your users. Some things for the more technically inclined to be aware of. Many fake online shopping sites come with malware, particularly those that arrive via spam. And, of course, with SEO, blind google searches could land you on a bad site instead of a good one. Is there something we missed? Use the contact form and chime in!
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