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Safety Tips for Online Shopping

ASHEVILLE, NC – If you are buying items from an online retailer or auction website, the Federal Trade Commission offers this advice to help you make the most of your shopping experience:

  • Know who you’re dealing with. Which company owns the website that you are using?
  • Make sure the page is secure before you enter credit card information. There must be a letter “s” after http (or https://) for the transmission to be secure.
  • Know exactly what you’re buying.
  • Know what it will cost.
  • Check out the terms of the deal, such as refund policies and delivery dates.
  • Keep a paper trail.
  • Don’t email your financial information.
  • Check the privacy policy.

For more information, call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.

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