Top tips to avoid fraud while shopping online

People must be careful not to be victims of fraud (Photo: Pixabay)

The online purchases They have become increasingly popular for all the comforts they imply, especially in a pandemic context. However, at the same time, the fraud in the sector.

Therefore, it is important that those who buy online have on hand several advice that allow them spot between a good buy from a scam, so that they do not lose their money and get the product they are looking for.

According to the Information Security Coordination of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM-CERT), there are various signals that will help future buyers not to be disappointed. These are:

Security lock

One of the main ways to detect if a page is trustworthy is by checking the top of the site, where the address is located. There must be a little picture of a padlock, which means that the site is safe to navigate.

Fraudsters have expanded their opportunities in ecommerce (Photo: Europa Press)
Fraudsters have expanded their opportunities in ecommerce (Photo: Europa Press) (TREND MICRO /)

Said padlock symbol uses Secure Socket Layer Protocol (SSL for its acronym in English), which means that there is a encrypted communication between the user’s browser and the website server. Thus, the data transfer is guaranteed.

Also, check that the page address starts with HTTPS and does not change to HTTP, as it could be an indication that the data is being compromised.

Site identity

In the case of e-commerce portals, you can verify security by checking that the address bar contains the name of the website in an authenticated way. For example, if you want to buy something from Amazon, and the portal only has the name inside the page and not in the address, the best thing is to get out of there.

Smartphone security.  (photo: Stock Vector / Trifonenko)
Online shopping is becoming more and more common (Photo: Stock Vector)

Trust seals

The sites of ecommerce They may have the ‘VeriSing’ security seal, which is an indicator that the site has an identity certificate that endorses it as a site that meets specific security standards.

Sayings certificates sare recognized by browsers as trustworthy. Of course, it is possible that not all sites have it, however, if it appears, you can be sure that the transactions will be secure.

Use of Cookies

An extra way to protect yourself is continually delete cookies that the browser saves, so that in this way it is more complicated for a possible attacker to steal information. This is because cookies are information that can contain usernames and passwords stored on the computer.

By continually erasing them, you avoid storing too much personal information. Another measure is to have security or antivirus software to help reduce the chances of a cyber attack.

People can be victims of fraud (Photo: Pexels)

However, buyers are not the only ones who can be defrauded in an online transaction, since some stores also run the risk of fake users who seek to obtain products without being charged.

Irregular activity

For them the advice is to review the buyer’s data. It may seem obvious but they have to verify that there are no fake email addresses and that the contact phone number matches the area code.

They can also check that the buyer does not make strange movements such as: making mistakes during the purchase, that is, entering the card numbers in the wrong way several times, since it could mean that they are guessing or testing with which plastic the card can be made transaction.

Both the vendors of online products such as buyers should be careful not to be fraud victims so they don’t lose your products or your money.


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