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PostPosted: Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:13 pm    Post subject: SHOP SAFE ONLINE
From Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:00 am to Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:59 am (included)
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The holidays are over and now it’s time to spend all that cash and those gift cards you received. Many of us will turn to the Internet to make our purchases.

The same threats exist when shopping at online stores as at malls and department stores. Just as you take measures to protect yourself in “brick-and-mortar” stores, (ex: protecting your PIN numbers when checking out with a debit card or not leaving your purse or wallet unattended); you should also take sensible precautions when shopping online.

When shopping online, pay attention to the onslaught of spyware, phishing, identity theft and credit card fraud. Follow these tips to recognize and avoid online shopping security risks and have a safe online shopping experience.

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As online shopping increases, so does the risk of Identity Theft. Following the tips mentioned above can lower these risks, but most important, do your homework – be aware of who are buying from, what information you are providing and use true credit cards or gift cards, not debit cards, checks or cash to pay for your purchases.

If you suspect you are a victim of Identify Theft, immediately contact the Federal Trade Commission at http://ftc.gov.idtheft to learn how to report your suspicion and for tips on to how to protect yourself from becoming a victim.

Access the following sites for additional information on “safe” online shopping:

• The Better Business Bureau: http://www.bbb.org

• The United States Food and Drug Administration: http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ProtectYourself/default.htm

• The Federal Trade Commission: http://www.ftc.gov

• The FBI’s Internet Fraud Complaint Center: http://www.ic3.gov

• Federal law enforcement and industry task force: http://www.lookstoogoodtobetrue.com

• American Bar Association: http://www.safeshopping.org

• Credit Card Consumer Protection Information: http://www.privacyrights.org
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