1. Before shopping from a store that is unfamiliar with you, find out what the store's reputation is like. You can usually do a web-based search and learn what others think of the business. It is best to accomplish this so you may not find out the hard way and lose your money.
2. If you think that you will be making a lot of online purchases in the future, consider obtaining a separate credit card to use only for these transactions. It is much easier to track all transactions when they are the only items listed about 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. Be wary of the emails you get, even if they appear to be from the retailer you trust. Never click on a web link that directs you to a web site other than the one you shopped on. If you do, you may become vulnerable to a gimmick. Rather than clicking on an email hyperlink, just go approximately your browser and enter in the web site you would like to go to. It is actually much safer that way.
4. If you are looking at purchasing from a seller the first time, take a moment to carefully examine their past customer reviews. For the most part this will give you an approximate idea of what sort of goods and services you should expect yourself. Anyone who has been rated lowly time and time again ought to be given a large swerve.
5. Do more research around the online store you are looking at before ordering a product from their website. If a store does not provide quality service or products, you will probably find some negative reviews published on other sites. It is best to adhere to online stores with an excellent reputation.