1. Always save copies of your orders and receipts from online purchases. Many stores will redirect you to a page after you've submitted your order detailing everything that was bought, customer information, the prices, etc. You should either print a duplicate of this or save a duplicate to your computer in case any issues arise before the end of the return period. Be sure to save any emails regarding your items' status or correspondence with the company regarding your orders, too.
2. If you feel that you will be making a lot of online purchases down the road, consider obtaining a separate charge card to use only for these transactions. It is much easier to track all transactions when they are the only items listed with this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry about your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.
3. When shopping online, most places only accept debit or credit cards. Remember this when you are choosing a site to purchase from. Should you don't feel comfortable providing the company with your bank card information, look for another site. Try to find a site that offers a good page when you're adding your bank card information.
4. Call the online company prior to making a purchase. For those who have some kind of downside to your purchase, you want so that you can know that you can reach customer service easily. That's why it's a good idea to call before you give them your charge card information. Should you can't get anyone on the telephone, steer clear.
5. Be cautious where you submit your charge card information. If you are shopping online, only use secure sites. These are sites that have taken steps to guard your valuable information. A secured website will begin with HTTPS rather than the standard HTTP. There may also be a locked icon, either in your address or status bar, depending on which browser you use.