While shopping online this holiday season please protect yourself and your information by taking a few seconds before entering your payment information.
Check The Address Bar
The website you are buying from may not be the website you think you are buying from. It is very easy for someone to create a website that looks exactly like your online retailer with the same products and information. The easiest way to tell is to check the URL bar in your browse.
Make sure it shows the correct domain. For example: "www.amazonprime.net" or "amazon.co" could be fake websites just looking to steal your credit card informaion. Make sure the address bar shows "amazon.com".
*Note: We have used real Amazon redirect domains for examples here for your safety but a different variation of these examples could be a fake website.
Search For A Website Yourself
If you see a banner ad from a reputable retailer online, that has a deal that is too good to be true. Instead of clicking on the banner ad, try going to Google and searching for the website, then try and find the same deal on that website.
It is easy for a scammer to run a PPC campaign and show a fake deal, redirecting to a fake website like above.
A few seconds could save you the headache of having your credit card or your identity stolen.