Marietta Police Department Releases Tips for Secure Online Holiday Shopping
The Marietta Police Department has released a list of ten helpful tips for secure online shopping during the holiday season.
- "Wi-Fi" Shopping – While it is okay to browse various sites using a public Wi-Fi connection, it is not recommended to send any personal or financial information over an unsecured connection. Be conscientious of Wi-Fi hotspots and be wary of making any purchases over these connections.
- How to Transmit Payments Securely – Before entering any personal or financial information on a site, make sure that you have a secure connection. Look for signs indicating that the site is secure, such as a URL address that begins with "https://" or a closed padlock on your browser's address bar.
- Go Where You Know – Use familiar websites to ensure that the companies you are shopping from are legitimate, trusted sites. For example, check the URL to make sure there are no misspellings, research the site before making a purchase to make sure they do not have any bad reviews, and if making purchases on eBay, check the seller's history and reputation.
- Don't Tell All – Be cautious about what information you provide; a website will never require your social security number or birthdate to make a purchase.
- Due Diligence – Before making a purchase, review the seller's return, cancellation and complaint handling policies.
- Way to Pay – If possible, make purchases with a credit card instead of a debit card; using a credit card allows you to dispute any fraudulent charges.
- Check Statements – Continually review your credit card and banking statements to assure that your information has not been compromised and that fraudulent purchases have not been made.
- Make a Paper Trail – Always print or save copies of your orders to confirm with banking statements and avoid any discrepancies.
- Suspicious Scammers – Beware of fraudulent e-mails from scammers posing as banks, shipping companies and sellers, often requesting you to confirm or provide additional information. Never click on links included in these e-mails and contact the company if you believe it to be fraudulent.
- Review, Recognize, Report – Work with authorities to fight cyber-crime. If you believe that you've been a victim report the incident to the Internet Crime Compliant Center. Marietta citizens can also report their incidents to the Marietta Police Department.
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