- Look for signs that the site is secure, such as a URL with “https”, rather than “http”, as the “s” stands for secure
- Confirm the seller’s physical address and phone number in case you have questions or problems later.
- Closely examine the product description for terms like “refurbished” or “close-out”
- Familiarize yourself with the seller’s return/exchange policy. Check to see who covers return shipping and restocking fees.
The FTC reports that millennials are more likely to report online shopping fraud than their older counterparts. With the holiday shopping season upon us, now is the time to be more aware online: