Safety and Online Shopping

Winter 2004 CSANews Issue 53  |  Posted date : May 16, 2007.Back to list

Online shopping has become the quickest and least stressful way to shop. Unfortunately, this type of shopping has its perils. Before you purchase anything online, take note of the following advice:

  • Watch out for the latest online scam called "phishing". Fake or copycat websites are designed to trick consumers into revealing their personal and financial information. Be cautious when clicking on an unfamiliar website, e-mail, or link.
  • Before you provide your credit card number, look for security features, such as encrypted websites.
  • Avoid impulse buying and keep track of your purchases.
  • Review return policies and warranties, and be wary of hidden costs.
  • Read the fine print and be sure to print and keep copies of all purchase records and transactions.

For more information about online shopping, contact the Ministry of Consumer and Business Services at (416) 326-8800 in Toronto or toll-free at 1-800-889-9768, or visit the website at