5 Tips for Safe Online Shopping in Israel
If you’re currently in Israel and you want to go shopping but are too lazy to go out and wander around, you can still check out great deals and amazing products through shopping online. As a matter of fact, most of the popular shops in Israel are also available online. This is why this has been a trend in the country lately.
Online shopping is the most convenient way for people who want to acquire goods without the hassle of being exposed to crowded and public places and preferring to have it delivered to their doorstep instead. However, this method has its risks, too, such as scamming. So, if you’re looking forward to doing some online shopping, here are some safety tips you should apply.
Shop with legit sellers.
This is the first thing that you should carefully check when shopping online. Make sure that you are shopping with an accredited seller. Check if the website looks sketchy and if the reviews look real. If there are no reviews at all, that’s definitely a red flag.
Check website security before you make a purchase.
One of the easiest ways for scammers to trick new online shoppers is by using phishing websites. In order for you to easily spot a fake website, check out the URL. Most fake shopping websites start with HTTP instead of HTTPS.
Lastly, in the site’s browser bar, look for a lock icon. The lock icon is an indicator that that specific website uses SSL, which means the website has a secure socket layer that protects the personal information you will provide when shopping.
Protect your personal information.
When shopping online, one of the risks is you’ll have to provide some of your personal information, but always take note of the general rule. There’s no shopping website that will ever ask for further specific information such as Social Security Number. If a website asks for that, it’s definitely a scam. That’s one way for scammers to access your personal accounts.
Legit sellers will only ask for basic information from the customer to complete a purchase. So, beware always.
Don’t fall for unusually amazing deals.
If you have encountered on-sale products advertised on any online platforms that are too good to be true, don’t be easily fooled, as you might get scammed. Always compare prices from the main websites of that certain product and confirm if they’re really offering such deals. Most of the time, websites that sell certain products at a much lesser price are counterfeit products.
It’s also best to check out websites like Nody to get basic shopping information, such as the best deals, safety tips, and price comparisons.
Ask for a tracking number after purchase.
Once you have placed an order, don’t just immediately close the tabs. Reach out to the seller or contact their customer support and ask for a tracking number of your order so you can manually trace the progress of your parcel.
Suppose the seller refuses to provide such information. In that case, you’d still have time to immediately contact your credit card issuer to escalate your concern to help you cancel that specific transaction billed on your credit card.