Beware when shopping online – police

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The Boschkop police have urged residents to beware when transacting online.

Spokesperson Captain Marissa van der Merwe said there had been an increase in robberies that occurred after the victim had bought a vehicle or equipment online.

Van der Merwe said it was important for buyers to insist on seeing and be satisfied with the items for sale before they paid for them.

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She also warned of phishing and other scams designed to obtain the personal information such as passwords, ID numbers and credit card details of internet users fraudulently.

She said scammers send official-looking emails or text messages to dupe users into giving up this critical information.

“Typically, these emails or messages request that users click on a link provided in the email, which will direct users to a spoofed website designed to fool users into thinking that it is legitimate, to obtain, verify or update contact details or other sensitive financial information.”

What you should do to prevent falling victim to scams and fraud:

· Never respond to emails or text messages that request for your personal details.

· Remember that no bank will ever ask you to confirm or update your account details by email.

· Never provide your online ID, password or PIN to anyone and never write them down.

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· Do not save your Internet banking password on your desktop.

· Do not leave your computer unattended after you have entered your Internet banking password and/or PIN.

· Always log off or sign off at the end of a session.

· Avoid doing Internet banking in public areas such as Internet cafés, or use a computer that is accessible to strangers.

· Change your PIN and passwords frequently.

· Put sensible transaction-limits on your accounts.

· Only provide your credit card details to reputable companies.

· Satisfy yourself the company you are buying from online is legitimate and never send money, give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust.

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