Online shopping — the glorious invention which allows people to buy things from the comfort of their homes. No more travelling to multiple stores to find the right product; no more having to deal with over-enthusiastic sales persons; no more standing in long lines at the checkout counter. The e-commerce boom has certainly changed the way we shop for the better. But, like everything else, the world of online shopping is not all roses. Despite all the efforts of e-commerce companies to alleviate them, there are a few problems that customers still have to face while shopping online
Let’s look into few ways that cyber criminals may target women
Expensive branded products at low cost:
In social networking sites very often we get advertisements showing expensive branded products at unbelievable prices. This catches attention of customer’s most likely women and they may end up paying money for those products which are not genuine. For example branded bags, clothes, costly phone and beauty products.
Natural remedies for weight loss :
Most often in our social networking and Instant messaging Applications we get messages giving tips on weight loss and for further inputs they request for payment to purchase their product. Women who are desperate to weight loss get trapped by these messages. They end up paying money for fake products.
Cyber-criminals may spoof certain online jewelry websites and give exciting discounted offers for jewelry products targeting women customer. They purchase products online with certain value but end up receiving some other products of lesser value. And they feel cheated and when they raise complaint to the original website they just deny that purchase happened through their website. This may lead to loss of your money?
Risks in online shopping
A few questions you need to check before you start online shopping
Brand - is the e commerce site genuine?
Security - Is your credit card safe?
Privacy - Is your information being sold?
Shipping - Are you getting the correct product at the requested time?
Tips for safe online shopping
Keep computer OS updated:
Shop only through trusted sites:
Check the security aspects of the website:
Keep track of your digital payments:
Don’t save the card details or bank details on websites:
Never respond to email which asks about your purchases:
Change passwords frequently:
Different passwords for different websites:
Use Secured Networks:
Don’t clink on links offering discounts/ prizes: