Credit card users 'should take care when buying online'

Consumers who use their credit cards for online shopping purposes have been told to be careful when purchasing items from websites.

More and more people partake in internet shopping and it is generally very safe, but Police Credit Union marketing manager Christie Brock told Your Mortgage there are still people out to make a living from scams.

She believes anyone who has concerns over the legitimacy of a particular website should type the firm's name into Google and do some background research.

"Check what information the seller is collecting from you and how they plan on using it, as they may be looking to [sell it on]," Ms Brock told the publication.

Online shoppers have also been urged to avoid making purchases using shared computers, especially in public places, as other users may get hold of credit card details.

According to Money Matters, credit and debit card fraud has tripled in the last three years in Australia.

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