Buying online is the most comfortable. Not only is the process simplified, requiring a few simple clicks to place an order, but on top of that we have the comfort that it ends up arriving at our doorstep. However, also the online purchases they can be a focus where cybercriminals try to catch some of their next victims and scam them.
To try to avoid it, the Civil Guard makes a refresher on tips for buying online safely now that this type of purchase is growing in volume due to the summer sales.
5 tips for safe online shopping
First of all, an essential piece of advice for safe online browsing, not only applicable to purchases, is to make sure that the website in question has the security certificate provided by the https protocol. This will act as a first filter to find out if it is a business that meets basic security requirements.
The next piece of advice is already more specific to online shopping. Even if you are buying during the holiday period, be wary of excessively low prices. One thing is a discount and another that the product is practically given away. At best, they will “only” be slipping you a fake. At worst, you will be faced with a possible unsafe purchase.
Remember that companies according to the regulations have the obligation to show real and physical data of Holder, NIF/CIF and Fiscal Address. If the online store where you are buying does not provide any information about the company behind that e-commerce, perhaps it is that they want to hide it for some reason related to the fraudulent practices they carry out.
As we live in an increasingly globalized world, perform comment searches or reviews about allegedly fraudulent web pages.
Finally, pay special attention to the web pages that appear in the top search positions with the tag “ad”. They tend to position themselves among the first through payments to search engines to increase the trust that this fact brings, which does not exempt you from distrust if they do not present any of the previous points.
What to do if you have already been scammed?
Of course, you may have read these security tips from the Civil Guard late and have already fallen for some type of scam or scam related to online purchases. If this is your case, what you can do afterwards goes through two main points.
First of all, it is recommended communicate the fact to the bank from which the payment was made so that the fraudulent transaction can be cancelled.
In addition to bringing this to the attention of your bank, you should always report this situation to the State Security Forces and Bodies (FCSE).
The Civil Guard itself makes itself available to anyone who needs advice or believes that they may have been the victim of a crime related to Internet browsing in any of its variants, by putting at their disposal the email [email protected]
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