Avoiding fraud

  • Seeking Medical Advice. When you go to any medical-related website, be sure to consider: How current is the information? Check to see when the information was released. Do not rely on a single website for information, consult a few sources and be sure to check who exactly is providing the information. Many pharmaceutical companies create websites with information to sell products. Look for sites ending in .edu (for education) or .gov (for government).
  • Banking. When using online banking services, check to be sure the sites you navigate are secure. One quick clue to determine whether a website is safe is if the URL begins with “https://.” When using a public computer–such as one at your local library–avoid typing your personal information. Look for the padlock icon at the bottom of your browser, which indicates the site uses encryption. Also, type website URLs directly into the address bar, do not follow links.
  • Shopping. If you shop online, check your credit card statements as often as possible and use a credit card for online purchases. Credit cards have some protections that debit cards do not, such as the ability to question unusual charges.

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