Online shopping: here's how to protect yourself from scams !

There are 10 million Italians who have only bought online at Christmas, spending  between 3 and 4 billion euros .

Online shopping: here's how to protect yourself from scams !
Online shopping: here's how to protect yourself from scams !

There's a reason  Amazon shares are soaring and Jeff Bezos has become the richest man in the world . E-commerce has changed our lives. Everything is just a click away and comes to our home in just a few hours.

Convenient and efficient. But, data in hand, Google searches on "how to avoid online scams" these days are soaring.

When you don't touch or see what you buy, it's easy to get fireflies for lanterns. From the purchase of a smartphone to that of a trading course. Online scams concern both products and services, very often (unfortunately) sadly linked to the world of investments .

Few cases out of the total, but well disseminated for the web. Widely avoidable by following a simple series of measures. Here are 6 steps to distinguish the perfect purchase and investment from a colossal scam.

1) EYE TO COMMUNICATION.

A reliable brand has its own recognisable style, it does not mimic that of better known players. Beware of exaggerated (false) promises. "Become rich today without effort!" No, thank you.

2) DIFFIDENCE OF PRICES LONG.

This is where the larks are hidden. If something costs too little it is a scam, or the true product is you (or your data). Behind a quality product is the work of many qualified people.

3) SEE THE METHOD OF PAYMENT.

Paypal purchases are traceable. Credit cards offer online shopping insurance. Western Union, Money-gram, money order and rechargeable card are payment methods required by those who want to disappear. In the browser pane, in the payment phase, check that the url starts with https and not http. It is a more secure protocol based on cryptography.

4) NO PONZI SCHEMES AND PYRAMIDAL SYSTEMS.

A trick that dates back to the early 1900s,  today more dangerous than ever  , where those who enter first earn on the subsequent "investors". It takes its name from Charles Ponzi, an Italian immigrant in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century, who started with 2 dollars and arrived a few years later to earn 15 million, cheating 40,000 people.

 Today, from the striking Bernie Madoff case on, the Ponzi scheme is more alive than ever. It promises high interests thanks to highly speculative activities and the ability of those who enter to let other people participate in the system. When, however, those who are inside stop attracting new "chickens", the mechanism jams. And when this happens, the promoter has already run away with the money.

5) WHO ARE YOU BUYING?

Essential practical information: company name, VAT number. Reputation: has the company been talked about in authoritative media? Does it offer you fast support, know-how and a proven experience? Do you have one or more reference faces? Having a person with a first and last name (actually existing) who puts his face is usually a good starting point.

6) WHAT ARE YOU BUYING?

All our courses have a free module that you can start following right away, to evaluate the quality of the product and choose what is right for you. Collect information, compare and study. Always invest consciously.


At the next wave.

thanks for the time .

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