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How can you guarantee safe shopping online?

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A Current Affair has been made aware of an Australian shopping site Home Appliances Plus which has been accepting payment but not sending the products purchased.

So how do you know if you can trust an online shopping site?

Here are four essential checks before buying from an online shop:

  1. Always check the site on Product Review. Product Review shows buyer experience ratings and any complaints from buyers.
  2. Click on the icon to the left of the URL and make sure it’s secured with a current and valid SSL certificate.
  3. Use a payment method such as PayPal with a resolution centre to recoup your funds if you don’t receive the item or it’s not as described.
  4. Check if the website is a scam through ScamAdvisor and the government site Scam Watch.

Whilst you can never guarantee safe shopping online, these simple steps will help create an enjoyable shopping experience with maximum safety.

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