How to avoid online mugging
HERE are three basic steps:
- Do your homework: Use familiar or recommended sites, and look for an address for the company involved. Don't rely on an email address or post office box.
- Use safe payment options: Never use money-wiring services as it's harder to get a refund if something goes wrong. Keep receipts of all credit card online transactions and use secure websites -- a padlock symbol will appear on the bottom right corner of the browser window if it's safe.
- Know your rights: If you buy from a European website you've the same rights for a refund for buying damaged items or ones that aren't as described.