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10 tips for safe online shopping

10 tips for safe online shopping , Protect your data online , Deception in Black Friday

Here are some 10 tips for safe online shopping
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or Cyber Week: This week, consumers can get discounts from online retailers before Christmas . The trend from the USA wasalready overflowing to Europe some years ago , meanwhile this time counts here also with the highest turnover of the year.
But not only online retailers are particularly active at this time, but also cybercriminals. Last year, between October and November, there were about 7.6 million cases of so-called "harmful URLs". These are links that lead to websites that do not sell bargains but want to steal customer data. According to anti-virus software maker Avira , the increase coincides with Black Friday searches documented by Google Trends. "The global detection of these malicious URLs shows that Black Friday has become an international online phenomenon," said Alexander Vukcevic , head of Avira Protection Labs.
Fraudsters are also increasingly trying to imitate known brand websites. In some cases, these look almost exactly the same as the original, and many customers are lured into trapping by particularly low price offers. Especially with very large discounts it is worthwhile to take a closer look. But there are many ways for customers to recognize this scam. We have gathered the best tips and tricks for you to be safe when shopping online.
1. Control the URL
See exactly what the URL looks like. The web address shown in the browser should match the company name. If the spelling looks different or has many hyphens that hide the URL, the site will leave immediately.
Extra tip: In mobile sites, scammers often try to work with many hyphens to hide the part that points to the fraud attempt, so that it is difficult as a customer. Be very careful with many hyphens.
2. Imprint and contact possibilities
Investigated to be careful who is behind a dealer page. If there is no imprint or direct contact, then special caution is advised and you are advised not to buy anything there.
Look for quality labels Also look for well-known quality or quality labels, such as the logo of Trusted Shop or TÜV . Only reputable online retailers will receive these if they meet certain, tested quality criteria.
4. Read customer reviews
Anyone who is unsure whether the shop of his choice is serious, should start a search and read reviews about the dealer. If the shop has ever been recognized as a "fake shop", the search engine spits out the corresponding results relatively quickly. If you are still unsure afterwards, you better avoid purchasing in the selected shop.
5. Use
secure payment method If a merchant offers only "advance payment" as a payment option, alarm bells should be flashing. Today, payment options like credit card and Paypal are standard. Especially PayPal offers you an additional buyer protection. 

6. Secure connection
You should also only pay via an encrypted connection. During the payment process, a lock symbol should be visible at the top of the browser and the URL should begin with HTTPS. This ensures secure communication with the web server. 

7. Economical with the data
If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is not. Those who receive particularly attractive offers by e-mail should be skeptical and open no suspicious attachments or click on links. In addition, you should check whether the sender address matches the specified sender and the message content sounds conclusive.  

8. Compare Prices
Consumers should carry out accurate price research on their desired items in advance and make a note of the commercial selling price before the promotion. So alleged special offers can be carefully checked.
9. Beware of websites outside the EU
In the case of websites outside the EU, there is the danger that presumed Christmas presents will exist and be sent but will not arrive in time for ChristmasAs soon as you buy a product from a non-EU country, you are in effect an importer (importer) and may have to pay customs, excise and VAT.  

10. What to do if you have been cheated? 
If you order a fraudster because of your spontaneity, you can only go to the policego and file a lawsuit. The prosecution across borders is difficult, but should not discourage anyone from filing an ad. If the money has been transferred relatively quickly, you can try to reverse the transfer at his bank. With Paypal you can turn on the buyer protection. Help with online fraud can also help the Internet Ombudsman . This provides a free arbitration and help with problems on the Internet

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