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Recently, someone I know very well was the victim of identity theft to the tune of $10k. Thankfully, they had a credit card company that was cooperative, but it was only by accident and God's grace that they discovered the problem before it became even worse. Best guess as to how this happened is that someone was able to get key credit card information on them over the 'net. When questioning them to try to help determine what may have gone wrong, I was surprised at what they didn't know about shopping online.
As I am in the e-commerce business, I have some tips for you:
In other words, before you give out your information, be sure you are comfortable with the company with whom you are considering doing business. If the deal is too good to be true, it probably is. If you can't figure out who you are actually doing business with, you may want to think twice.
In many ways, doing business online can actually be more secure than shopping at a traditional 'walk-up' store. Even with the best of security, walk-ups can have unscrupulous clerks and IT folks who can find rather ingenious ways to get your info. Remember, also, that the communications used to process your order online are actually much the same as those used at a 'walk-up' store. The point is that online shopping is every bit as secure as traditional store shopping if you are wise about who you do business with and how you do it.
Have a great and safe shopping experience!
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