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Online shopping safety tips

Online shopping safety tips
Posted on 11/09/2020

This holiday season, more people than ever may be doing their shopping online. While shopping from the comfort of your home is convenient, keep these tips from the Lenexa Police Department in mind to minimize your chances of being victimized by thieves. 

  • Only shop with reputable vendors or those you've used before. Stores with brick-and-mortar locations or well-known sites like Amazon are usually a safe bet. 
  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi when making purchases or doing online banking. Hackers have the ability to steal info such as credit card and bank account numbers that are being transmitted over public Wi-Fi.
  • When making an online purchase, check the website security by looking for the padlock icon at the start of the web address or ensuring that the web address begins with "https." Those indicate that the website has security measures in place to help make the transaction more secure.
  • Monitor your credit card and banking statements regularly for fraudulent charges. During the holiday season, get online weekly to review your transactions for any unauthorized purchases. If you notice something amiss, notify your financial institution immediately. 
  • When receiving online deliveries, take them inside as soon as you can, or have a trusted neighbor pick them up from your porch. Better yet, if possible, have the packages delivered to your workplace.

Published November 9, 2020