Safe Shopping Tips

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Safe Online Shopping

  • Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam software.
  • Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in.

  • Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address.

  • Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company.

Staying Safe at the Mall or Shopping Center

  • Keep purses and handbags closed and within site while shopping. Do not leave your credit cards out. Do not leave your purse in a shopping cart unattended — even for a moment.

  • Always park in well-lit areas.

  • Always lock your car.

  • Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.

  • Keep all valuables out of sight — including purses, GPS devices, phones, sunglasses, and gifts.

Shopping with Small Children

  • If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other.
  • Select a central meeting place.
  • Teach children to know they can seek assistance from clerks, security guards/law enforcement should they get separated.

Safety Tips for Craigslist/Classified Ad Shopping and Selling

  • If you’re selling, don’t photograph the item with your house easily identifiable in the background, especially if you’re selling high-value items.
  • Never meet someone alone — bring a friend with you.
  • Tell a friend or family member where you are going.
  • Take your cell phone with you.
  • Always arrange to meet in a well-lit public place. You are welcome to use the lobby of the Melbourne Police Department’s station at 650 N. Apollo Blvd., Melbourne, FL 32935.
  • Do not have strangers come to your house, and do not go to a stranger’s house.
  • Be suspicious if the buyer/seller refuses to meet at a public place or changes the agreed-upon meeting place.
  • Don’t accept personal checks or money orders.
  • Trust your instincts — If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.