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Halifax Regional Police offer up online shopping safety tips

May 5, 2021 – Halifax Regional Police is sharing some tips to help you shop safely online.  

Tips include:

  • Verify secure connections and make sure you are on a secure website. Look for the padlock icon in the address bar and check for the valid certificate by clicking on the padlock icon.
  • Shop smart. If a deal online looks too good to be true then it probably is, so don’t make the purchase.
  • If you are at an online store that you are unfamiliar with, read and understand the online shop’s policies. Check their reviews.
  • Unlike secure order forms on a websites, email and text messages are not private. Don’t send confidential personal or financial information by email or text.
  • Stay organized. After making purchases, keep the receipt, confirmation number and postal tracking numbers in a safe accessible place.

Buying and selling items through online classified advertising:

  • Be cautious of anyone who asks for payment in advance of being able to verify that the item exists and the seller is the legitimate owner.
  • When buying or selling, meet in person to see the product and exchange money.
  • Police also encourage people to meet in well-lit and populated public places, like a coffee shop or grocery store parking lot during business hours.
  • Agree to meet in a place that you are comfortable with; don’t be forced to accept a last-minute change in location.
  • Tell a friend or family member where you are going and when you will be back or take them along with you.
  • If you own a cell phone, take it with you.
  • Do not give out personal or banking information over the phone, text message, email or the internet.  

Most importantly, remember to trust your instincts; if something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t.