The Federal Trade Commission says online shoppers will spend $33 billion dollars this holiday season. The FTC is also warning people to protect their identity and their money when shopping online.
The first tip from the FTC is to check out the seller. Call the seller's phone number to make sure you can reach them if you need to. If you can't find a phone number that works, you might want to shop somewhere else.
Also, try typing the seller's name into a search engine like Google to see if any unfavorable reviews show up. That will give you valuable insight on how others fared dealing with that seller.
The FTC also recommends you read the privacy act on the seller's website. That will tell you if the seller plans to use your information for anything other than your purchase.
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