1. When you are making a purchase online, make sure that you use credit cards to pay for the transaction. Charge card users are protected against fraud by federal law and are only liable for $50 in these cases. Some card agencies will even go so far as to wave the $50 for you, which means that you will not be out of pocket.
3. If you are shopping online, never give out your Social Security number. There is absolutely no website that requires this number for you to buy something. If you are being asked for your Social Security number during checkout, you are probably on a scam website. Leave this site and locate one which has a better reputation.
4. Although it may seem tedious, be sure you read the contract and terms before you purchase in a website. These documents have valuable information about what you can and cannot do when you have a concern with the item that you bought. Read them thoroughly in order that you do not have an unwelcome surprise when trying to return items.
5. Make sure to read all the information about any product you are considering purchasing. Just looking at a picture online can be deceiving sometimes. It will make a product look bigger or smaller than it is. Make sure to read the description so you know exactly what you are actually purchasing.