Shopping Safely Online for the Holidays

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You may not think you’re the kid of person who gets scammed easily — but it happens much easier than you think. That’s why AARP Bulletin put together some great tips to avoid hoax websites that could steal your credit card number (or just send you horribly made gifts that you can’t return). And with nearly 70 percent of shoppers buying their gifts online this year, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Here are the first few tips to get you started:
– When you click through to a website, carefully read the domain name — the Internet address — that appears at the top of your browser. Beware of any site whose name has even the slightest change from a legitimate online retailer’s — extra words or letters, misspellings — and anything but the usual .com or .org ending.
– Make sure that addresses of ordering pages always begin with “https://” instead of “http://.” The “s” means it is secure.
– Pay attention to disclosures at the bottom of the page. Most legitimate online retailers have a “Contact Us” page with a phone number and physical address, and a “Terms and Conditions” link detailing return policies and such. Bogus websites may lack these pages or have them but not tell you what you need to know.
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