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Recently I've been looking for stuff online and my usual website (Amazon) has let me down, so I need to find some new shopping sites but identity fraud sounds like it would suck so I need some way of checking how credibly each website is. (Any sites you would recommend?)

asked Dec 08 '10 at 21:34

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edited Dec 11 '10 at 14:51


(Dec 09 '10 at 17:14) markd12 markd12's gravatar image

Usually at the bottom there is a "verified by" badge or link that tells you what companies have called it credible.

Also during checkout check to see if the site uses SSL, you'll see https:// in the bar and also there will be a verified by link.

That or you can also search google for reviews of the service.

answered Dec 08 '10 at 21:52

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I've seen the badges but is it possible for a scammer to copy the badge from a legitimte website a place it there own?

(Dec 08 '10 at 22:08) markd12 markd12's gravatar image

It is possible, but it is illegal.

(Dec 09 '10 at 18:45) Nomad Nomad's gravatar image

If your going to create an website to steal money you arnt going to be very concered about breaking the law.

(Dec 09 '10 at 19:54) markd12 markd12's gravatar image

@markd12 You hit the nail on the head there bud.

(Dec 11 '10 at 17:11) chadt4 chadt4's gravatar image

Check with other sources, search the BBB (Better Business Bureau). They have reliable information about the credibility of companies and charities, and if a company does do you wrong, you can file a complaint there too. If the BBB says it's safe, then you have a pretty good reason to trust it.

BBB Official Site

BBB Standards For Trust

Build Trust

Establish and maintain a positive track record in the marketplace.

Advertise Honestly

Adhere to established standards of advertising and selling.

Tell the Truth Honestly represent products and services, including clear and adequate disclosures of all material terms.

Be Transparent

Openly identify the nature, location, and ownership of the business, and clearly disclose all policies, guarantees and procedures that bear on a customer’s decision to buy.

Honor Promises

Abide by all written agreements and verbal representations.

Be Responsive

Address marketplace disputes quickly, professionally, and in good faith.

Safeguard Privacy

Protect any data collected against mishandling and fraud, collect personal information only as needed, and respect the preferences of consumers regarding the use of their information.

Embody Integrity

Approach all business dealings, marketplace transactions and commitments with integrity.

answered Dec 11 '10 at 15:46

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