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Beware of online buying risks

SUMMERLAND Credit Union has warned Tweed residents to be careful of shopping online for Christmas, and sets out guidelines on how not to lose their money buying gifts over the internet.

Summerland Credit Union CEO Margot Sweeny said with the Christmas season already upon us, many people would be purchasing gifts online.

“Online shopping is easy and saves lots of time,” Ms Sweeney said. “However it is important to be aware of the risks so you can shop online safely and securely.”

Ms Sweeney provided tips for safe, online shopping, including:

Always use web browser protection, install and run security software with real-time live updates and update your operating system to ensure you are protected from vulnerabilities;

Read your shopping website’s refund and returns policies, privacy policy and legal notices in case you need to return the goods or have a problem;

Do not click on links in emails from online retailers or online greeting cards as they can be spam.

Always keep records of the transaction, including the product description, price and the receipt of payment;

Check your debit and credit card statements regularly and ensure you refer immediately any unauthorised activity to your card provider.



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