8 Mistakes That Make You a Target for Scammers

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6. Shopping on websites you’re unfamiliar with

“Shopping on a fake website could result in your personal or financial information being stolen or your device becoming infected with a virus or malware,” warns security site ASecureLife.

So, before you make a purchase on a site you haven’t used before Messier suggests you make sure ” the site you’re visiting is legitimate—look for https and a lock symbol in the address bar, so you know any information you’re submitting is secure.” As an additional safety, look up the name of the site on Whois to make sure that it’s registered to a legitimate business.

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