How to shop online securely?

With the COVID-19 crisis, have you adopted online shopping? Here are some tips for safe shopping:

  • Learn how to spot a scam. Offers that sound too good to be true, websites that lack a professional design and requests for banking information when your cart is still empty are all red flags.
  • Confirm the company is legitimate. Check Canada’s Business Registries to find out if the company is listed, and visit the Office of Consumer Affairs website to find out whether any complaints have been filed against it. If it’s not a Canadian business, look for mention of it on other websites and confirm whether it has a good reputation by reading customer reviews.
  • Read the return policies beforehand. Find out whether the company offers exchanges, returns or reimbursements and under what conditions. This will help you avoid unpleasant surprises if there’s an issue with your purchase. A lack of clearly stated policies is a sign you should shop elsewhere.
  • Double-check before you pay. Make sure the website’s URL begins with “https” and has a closed padlock or unbroken key icon beside it. Confirm the price of each item and the total cost (including taxes and shipping fees) before you enter your credit card information.

Finally, remember that you should never provide unnecessary personal details, such as your social insurance number, when shopping online.

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