1. Before buying coming from a new online retailer, perform some research on them. Check online reviews from other customers to see the way it handles items like customer service, shipping, and its overall buying experience. You can also check the BBB to find out if it has any disputes and whether those disputes were resolved professionally. Try contacting the company via email and phone number, if it's posted to ask questions on its business before you buy anything.
2. Ensure that you're entering your payment details on a secure site. Try to find "https://" in the URL from the site that you're trying to buy something from. If you don't see that or no sign of any website security, then it's probably a wise idea not to trust those people with your account information.
3. When you're shopping online you should be sure that you know who you're buying from. If you're buying upon an online auction site, only buy from people that have positive feedback. On other sites look to see if they are a reputable company by looking for reviews to them online.
4. While shopping online, it is essential that you spend a little time looking at the site that you are currently considering buying from. You can get information about the site from other sites and the Better Business Bureau. Not researching them can lead to you obtaining the products you did not order or getting billed more than you should have.