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Online Shopping - Safeguarding Your Account.

Posted by: John Mickle on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 12:00:00 am

When you shop online do you know where you’re shopping?  According to the National Consumers League, online shopping is #3 for overall scams and #1 for Internet scams.  That would imply that online shopping is a very risky activity.  However, there are ways you can still shop online in a safe manner.

Following these guidelines can make your online shopping more secure:

  • Use a low limit credit card for online shopping.  Your liability is $50 on fraudulent charges using your credit card.
  • Know with whom you’re shopping.  Be leery of unknown or obscure shopping websites.
  • Stick with well-known shopping sites from reputable retailers.
  • If it’s too good to be true…it probably is.
  • Look for the padlock.  Secure online shopping sites should use the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) technology for securing online transactions.  You should see a padlock icon at the bottom or top of the browser status bars that you are using.
  • Use anti-virus / anti-malware software on your PC.  This can prevent a virus infection if you happen to end up on a bogus shopping site.
  • Make sure you use online banking to check your shopping activity and don’t wait for your statement to verify online shopping activity.
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Remember that you are the best defense against online shopping fraud!  If you suspect that you have been scammed please call the MutualBank customer support at 800-382-8031.

Also please report any online fraud to Internet Crime Complaint Center


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