So you’ve found the best coffee maker for your kitchen and now you’re ready to buy it online? There is only one problem…you are completely new to internet shopping and have no clue on how to stay safe.
As you may have heard, hacking and identity theft is on the rise, which means if you type your credit card details into the wrong website or give out your address and other personal details to a criminal, then you could be in a for a rough ride over the next few months.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. Here are four ways to stay safe.
Choose a reputable site
The easiest way to ensure your safety when buying a coffee maker online is to stick with reputable sites. For example, two powerhouses in the online shopping industry is Amazon and eBay, although many “offline” stores such as Walmart are also starting to gain traction in the online world.
Be wary of extreme discounts
Let’s say that you see a coffee maker is usually sold for $2000 being offered at an extreme discount of $200…would you be interested? Of course you would, and that’s exactly how scammers and online rogues lure people in before stealing their credit card details.
In this type of scenario, if an offer sounds too good to be true then it probably is, which means you need to be extra cautious when shopping on the internet.
Look for legitimate payment options
The vast majority of trusted online retail sites will give you legitimate payment options such as Paypal (which is very safe), or a professional merchant account that accepts credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard. Scammers typically won’t have access to these kind of options and that is why they end up trying to get your money in other ways.
For example, they might ask you send money through Western Union for your coffee maker, and then once they’ve picked up the money you will never hear anything from them again.
Check customer reviews
One of the main benefits of shopping online is that you get to check real customer reviews of people who have purchased the same product.
Nowhere is this more evident than on Amazon, where the top selling coffee makers have thousands of verified reviews for you to look through. This gives you the confidence you need to move forward with a purchase, and not worry about being ripped off.