1. Call the online company before you make a purchase. If you have some kind of downside to your purchase, you want to be able to 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 phone, steer clear.
2. If you find a great product on the favorite site, search for it in an internet search engine before you buy it. Make note of the model number or brand, and do a quick search to make sure you can't have it cheaper from somewhere else. You might be able to save a few dollars that way.
3. A great way to stay safe when you shop online is to prevent clicking any web addresses that are sent into your email. If you are expecting an email coming from a company, proceed to the actual website and do not click any links. Legitimate businesses do not send emails requesting personal information or account information.
5. If you feel that you will be making a lot of online purchases down the road, consider trying to get a separate charge card to use only for these transactions. It is much easier to track all transactions if they are the only items listed about this card's transaction records. Additionally, you don't need to worry regarding your own funds being compromised, even temporarily, if you are a victim of fraud.