Online Promotion Scams

July 24th, 2009 | In the News

Greg Sandoval for CNET posted a scary article this morning. Check it out below.

Buy.com, Orbitz linked to controversial marketers

Wow, I’ve used Orbitz before. Now before you go and get all paranoid about using the internet, let’s review some common sense steps to take when purchasing online.

First, make sure the website you are using has a secure connection to process your credit card (https:) and usually there is a marking with a logo saying that the security is verified.
However, in the article you read above, this wouldn’t help you any, because your information was securely collected, but then sold to another company. It was once a common practice that if you are signing up for something you are safe as long as you don’t provide your credit card information. That is not the case anymore. You need to be extra cautious now when you use your email address to sign up for something.

Also make sure you keep on top of your finances and credit card transactions! A company I use and highly recommend is Mint.com. Mint.com will compile all of your credit cards and bank account information into one easy to use location. They will also send you alerts by e-mail or text when you have done anything unusual, or when you have a low balance, ect. One of the really nice features of Mint.com is that it will after a couple months develop a recommended budget for you.

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