Yesterday we posted part 1 of our holiday gift guide to help fulfill your tech shopping needs. While many of those items are available in brick-and-mortar stores, a good majority of holiday shopping happens online. Unfortunately because of this and the extra hustle and bustle of the holiday season it ends up being a pretty profitable time for scammers to strike. Please remain alert while shopping online and take time to check out the reputation of a vendor or charity before giving them your payment information. Here are some additional tips to keep yourself safe this year:
As with the rest of the year as well, opening emails from people you don’t know isn’t a great idea, but during the holidays when there are bound to be more unsolicited emails than normal it’s extra-important.
One more that can help protect you while shopping online, and can ensure a happier shopping experience in general, is checking to see if your vendor is a Google Trusted Store. These stores have been verified by Google, and with the Google Trusted Store free protection you’re covered for purchases up to $1000, in case of shipping accidents or if the store fails to fulfill the order in some way.
The FTC recommends looking for these warning signs that a charity could be a scam:
In addition, there are several resources you can use to check out a charity before you decide to give them a donation:
If you do happen to come along a fake charity, make sure to report it to the FTC here.
While shopping online is generally the easiest way to get all your shopping done, it can sometimes be a little dangerous, especially during the holiday season, so make sure you’re paying attention, and keeping private information private.