ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The Internet is buzzing with activity on this Cyber Monday, filled with excited shoppers and criminals ready to take advantage of you. The Better Business Bureau’s Chris Thetford has some quick tips that can keep you safe.
First, be leery of offers that seem too good to be true.
“Even though there are deals to be had, if something seems particularly great in terms of a deal you really need to make sure you do your homework and make sure that you can trust the retailer who you’re thinking of buying something from,” Thetford says.
So you’ve done your homework and you’re ready to make a purchase, make sure you’re sending your credit card information securely, and make sure it’s encrypted. “The way you do that is you look in the URL bar on your computer and make sure it is https://. That “s” after the http stands for security.”
Another feature, according to Thetford, is a little lock icon that signifies the site is secure.
More tips from Thetford include:
- Always pay with a credit card
- Beware of phishing scams
- Keep documentation of your order
Thetford also says know your rights. “Federal law requires that any orders that you make online have to be shipped by the date promised on the website when you purchase it or within 30 days after that period. If they don’t ship on time you can cancel and demand a refund under federal law.”