1. If you are looking at purchasing from a seller for the first time, take a moment to carefully examine their past customer reviews. For the most part this provides you with an approximate idea of which kind of goods and services you ought to expect yourself. Anyone who has been rated lowly time and time again should be given a large swerve.
2. When you are making any purchases on the internet and you are required to make a user account, never make use of the same passwords that you use on other websites. Do not use your e-mail or banking password to make an account to buy shoes from a web retailer. If someone was able to see this password, they can have access to not only your profile on the retailer's store.
3. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect one to a page after you've submitted your order detailing anything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate of this or save a copy to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Be sure to save any emails concerning your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
4. When you find yourself making a purchase online, make sure that you use credit cards to pay for the transaction. Credit card users are protected against fraud by federal law and are only responsible for $50 in these cases. Some card agencies will even go so far as to wave the $50 for you, which means that you will not be out of pocket.
5. Be cautious which sites you patronize. It is difficult to know which are on the up or higher and that are not, but there are a few clues. If the address does not make sense or the design seems off, go to a different site. Furthermore, if a variety of pop-up windows begin appearing, close them out and move on.