Safe Online Shopping Tips

by | Nov 2, 2021

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The Columbus Village Library offers the following tips for shopping online safely:

  1. Use a familiar website. Big retailers like Amazon, Target, and Walmart want to keep you safe.
  2. Beware of amazing deals. Find the same item on another website. The prices should not be dramatically different.
  3. Look for the lock icon. On the checkout screen, make sure there is a lock icon in the address bar.
  4. Don’t click on the email link yet. Open a new tab and look up the offer directly on the website.
  5. Check your bank statement. Make sure the charges are correct. Ask your bank to stop payment if necessary.

Never give them your birthday or Social Security information.