Police Urge Caution When Buying Merchandise Online

Police Urge Caution When Buying Merchandise Online

Posted: 2021-12-01 14:40:43 By: thebay

Police are cautioning residents that while online shopping is convenient and popular especially in today's world, and fraudsters pose as genuine sellers and post fake ads for items that do not exist. The listing price for almost any item is usually too good to be true.

Police say you should look out for huge and flashy discount ads that direct you to websites that look like the legitimate manufacturers.

To help protect yourself, police say you should always research and verify the business and read reviews before you buy.  Always make sure that the URL for the site begins with "https", making it secure and understand the terms and conditions for payment, returns and warranties.

Once you’ve made a purchase, monitor your financial statements regularly for any fraudulent charges and whenever possible use your credit card for payment.

When selling goods & services online: Be suspicious of payment offers that are more than the asking price and confirm that you have received a legitimate payment before you send the product.

Some tips to help keep delivered packages safe:

  • Track deliveries online and try to be home at the time a package is delivered.
  • Ask a trusted friend or neighbour to receive your package at the time of delivery.
  • If allowed by an employer, have the packages delivered to your work.
  • Some stores provide a pickup-in-store service that allows you to pick up items.
  • Consider installing a motion-detection home security system that records video and sends immediate notice of activity to your cell phone.

If meeting in person to exchange:

-          Meet in a busy public place.

-          Bring a trusted friend or family member along as a witness.

-          Keep transactions to daylight hours.

-          Do not erase emails, texts or voicemails between yourself and the seller/buyer.

For helpful tips and links follow the OPP on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use hashtags #CyberAware, #CyberSecurity.

For scams and/or Fraud contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre.

If you or someone you know have been a victim of digital or online cybercrime, contact your local police service or local OPP detachment.