Santa has made his list and is checking it twice, which gives you time to ensure you’re checking your lists and shopping safely. To help, The Innovative Payments Association and InComm Payments teamed up to create shoppingsafely.org, which provides tips for avoiding online fraud and scams while shopping online.
“Everyone should be aware online shopping opens doors for cybercriminals, but it shouldn't deter you from enjoying the convenience,” said IPA President and CEO Brian Tate. “With just a few simple steps, you can safeguard your online purchases and keep your information secure, even after the holidays.”
According to the FBI, online fraud complaints increased by nearly 30% in 2022, with reported losses exceeding $6 billion, making it important for consumers to protect themselves against scams and online fraud. For example, some tips for shopping online include:
- Shop on reputable sites: Check the Better Business Bureau or search online for reviews before making a purchase.
- Look for HTTPS: A secure checkout page will display "https" in the address bar.
- Create unique logins: Avoid using the same username and password for multiple online accounts.
- Consider guest checkout: If you're a one-time shopper, use guest checkout to avoid storing your card information.
- Stay alert: Be wary of unsolicited emails and offers, and never click on suspicious links or attachments.
“Keeping customers safe when they shop online is a priority of ours – not just during the holiday season, but every day. So, teaming up with the IPA was a natural fit to ensure that online shoppers have information and tools to keep them safe online,” said InComm Payments Executive Vice President Robert Skiba.
Visit shoppingsafely.org for more information and resources.
The Innovative Payments Association (IPA) is the leading voice of the electronic payments sector, including prepaid products, mobile wallets, and person-to-person (P2P) technology for consumers, businesses, and governments at all levels. The IPA encourages the efficient use of electronic payments, cultivates financial inclusion through educating and empowering consumers, and represents the industry before legislative and regulatory bodies. To learn more about IPA, visit ipa.org or follow us on LinkedIn.
InComm Payments is an innovative global payments technology provider. Leveraging dynamic technology and proven expertise, InComm Payments delivers enhanced end-to-end payment platforms and emerging financial technology solutions through a single integration, helping businesses grow across a wide range of industries including retail, healthcare, tolling & transit, incentives, mobile payments, digital currencies, and financial services. By enabling omnichannel connections and alternative payment options to an ever-expanding consumer base in an increasingly digital ecosystem, InComm Payments creates seamless and valuable commerce experiences across the globe. With three decades of experience, over 525,000 points of retail and online distribution, 412 global patents and a presence in more than 40 countries, InComm Payments leads the payments industry from its headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. Learn more at www.InCommPayments.com.