Today, Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Shopping Online? Use These Tips to Avoid getting Scammed.

Doing business online can be fun and exciting but can also be a threat to your security if you're not dealing with an online company that's trustworthy. How do you know if an online company is trustworthy? In some ways, you never know for sure until you actually do business with them. But, there are certain things you can look for to give you a little more sense of security. Just because you get an offer from an online company offering something you really want at a price that's unbeatable doesn't mean they're good and trustworthy, regardless of what kind of promises they make.

When you're considering doing business with an online company, take some precautions to make sure they're legitimate companies that can be trusted. The Better Business Bureau is a great place to start looking for companies that you're considering doing business with. Local chambers of commerce or similar referrals may also prove helpful. Before considering doing business with companies, make sure they have "BBBOnline" or "VeriSign" next to their name, which are both seals of approval.

You'll find a lot of get-rich quick schemes online and the important thing to remember is the only one that benefits from these schemes are the one offering them. If the price seems much lower than you've seen elsewhere or the company makes promises that seem unbelievable, be skeptical. Basically, the rule of thumb is if it seems too good to be true, it usually is.

Always check the guarantees, warrantees or any policies the company may offer. If possible, try to do business with companies that have an office or headquarters online. If you have a serious problem with the company, you can visit them person-to-person. Obviously, this isn't always going to be possible when doing business online. Check in the company's technical support or customer service to see how they deal with their company. Hopefully, they offer round the clock customer service and can give you an idea of how long you can hope to wait for a suitable resolution. Try to pay for your transactions with a credit card that will stand behind you and investigate any possible disputes you may have with the company and will hold the transaction.

Try to stay with companies that you are familiar with, but if this isn't the case, do some research on the company to see what you can find out about them. An indicator of a good company is one that will publish their physical business address with at least one phone number. They should have an "About Us" section that tells the public about them. Once you find the telephone number, contact it to see if it's legitimate and ask some questions. You can also do some excellent research on your own through Yahoo or Google and, possibly, find some reviews from others that have done business with this company.

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