Internet Shopping Safety

Isn't technology great! Shopping is so easy with the help of the Internet. With just a few clicks of the mouse you can be making purchases at almost any store in minutes. Below are a list of recommendations we have for you to help you to keep your online shopping safe and secure:

Shop only at Internet merchants you know and trust; if in doubt, check with the Better Business Bureau.

Beware of e-mails offering astounding prices on popular toys, software or other gifts; if the offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

If you receive an unsolicited e-mail from an Internet merchant, do not click on the links within it. Instead, locate the merchant's web site address through a reputable search engine or type the known address.

Check Internet merchants' refund policies; some merchants set a deadline for returns or charge a fee to accept return merchandise.

Never share your passwords with anyone and use different passwords for different web sites.

Do not provide your Social Security number, birth date or mother's maiden name in an e-mail or within a web site.

Ensure your computer has the latest anti-virus software installed before doing any online shopping.

Always print and save the confirmation page when completing an online purchase.

Always check your credit card and bank statements for suspicious activity.