We live in an era where things are becoming more digitalized than ever. The need to physically be at a place to get something is slowly fading as money has gotten way more mobile, and businesses have also made themselves reachable via the internet. While this seems like a great change on the surface, many of us have had unpleasant experiences from purchasing things online. As we are not able to be physically present to evaluate the state of a product, we end up getting shortchanged or played for fools. Here are some tips to reduce the chances of being scammed while trying to make an online purchase.
- Confirm the Identity of the Seller:
Don’t make payments unless you are certain of the identity of who it is you are purchasing from. This is because those without a proper online identity have nothing to lose as they can very easily stay hidden if they scam people.
- Always Look Through the Reviews:
A good store or seller has great reviews. Going through their reviews gives you an idea of how good or bad their services are. Of course, when there are very bad reviews for the same store, you know you’re to up and run.
- Address Every Doubt:
If you ever find yourself doubting the seller’s ability to deliver, do well to get the confirmation you need from them that they can. If you can’t get the needed confirmation, do well to stop at once before you get duped by them.
- Use 3rd-Party Apps/Sites to make Payment:
Making payments through 3rd party apps or websites that support purchases helps you secure your funds. This is because they often have poilices that ensures the seller only gains access to the money you sent after you have confirmed receipt of your order.
Online purchasing can be very tricky and as such, one must be careful not to leave any detail unchecked before making payments. Always check, then cross-check.