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Tuesday, 17 January 2017 12:16

How do I avoid getting ripped off over the Internet?

We all have a friend, acquaintance or brother-in-law who has gotten an incredible bargain over the Internet. Encouraged by concepts such as "do not have a store open to the public everything is cheaper" or "sell so much that can greatly reduce margins" many people venture to make purchases through the internet that would never do in a street trade , To the extent that they would distrust the quality of the product or service.

There are a number of measures we can take to avoid being scammed or, if we are scammed, at least we can try to recover our money. Here are some of the steps we should always try to follow:

1.- Information about the website: Before making a purchase on the internet, we should try to obtain information about the website. Through the Legal Notice of the web page we must be able to know the real name of the company, its physical address and the conditions of the operations that we are going to carry out. If such information does not appear or is confusing, we should be wary of the web page

2.- Reputation and recognition: if the page has applications for Apple and Android, it means that at least it has passed the controls that these two companies impose to allow to download an application in their online stores.

In addition, there are other companies that certify the good reputation and the good work of a Web page, and also we can help the opinion of other users in forums of debate.

3.- Payment gateways: if a Web page allows us to make payments through more than one payment platform (for example, paypal and a financial institution of prestige in our country) means that it has received recognition of said Companies and, therefore, can be reliable. We must be wary of pages that only allow payment through offline transfers (that is, we can not do through your website) or request the data of a credit card to make a charge directly.

4.- Save copy of everything: it is always important to keep a copy of everything, even if the website says that we will receive a copy by email. Printing the page where the purchase is confirmed, where the means of payment is requested or where the conditions of hiring are reported, will prevent us from losing all information if the page is deleted or modified.

The above steps can allow us to avoid some situations of deception, but absolute security is never obtained: distrust of the great bargains and everything that, because it is too good, seems a lie: surely it is a lie.

Writings SF Lawyers