Shoppers urged to protect themselves when buying online

Following a report by Apacs, the UK payments association, that British shoppers are set to spend over £5 billion over the internet this month, consumers have been urged to take greater steps to protect themselves.

A spokesperson for Consumer Direct warned that when buying products worth £100 or above over the internet, people should use their credit cards for greater protection.

He continued: “Use security software and keep it up to date. Look for a padlock symbol on the screen or the https in the website title which will tell that you’re on a secure site.”

Under the section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act, credit card companies and product suppliers are jointly liable for products bought between £100 and £3,000 with a credit card.

The Office of Fair Trading reported that more than 20 million people used the internet to buy products during 2006, but that more needs to be done by both consumers and businesses to make the most of the opportunities it provides.

It estimated that the UK’s internet shopping market is worth over £21.4 billion.

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