People in Shetland have always done some of their buying at a distance – but in today’s world of cyber shopping and electronic payments how can you look after your own interests?
Be wary of companies that only use a PO Box number – get a full address.
Don’t assume a company is UK based because it has uk in its web address – get a full postal address.
Keep copies of emails and sales confirmations.
If your purchase is for more than £100, using your credit card to pay may give you added protection if things go wrong.
Make sure that the web address of the page starts https:// before you enter any personal information or payment details. The s stands for secure. There should also be a small closed padlock that appears in the bottom right hand corner of your screen.
You should never be asked to tell anyone your card’s PIN number – even if they claim to be from your bank or the police. Never send your PIN number to anyone over the internet.
And always remember – if something seems to good to be true, it probably is!
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