The Internet offers wonderful opportunities for gathering information. Unfortunately, it also provides criminals with another way to scam people.

Here are some tips for using the Internet safely:

  • Never respond to e-mail solicitations. Delete spam messages. Never reply to them.
  • Only give your credit card information to merchants you know, using a secure Web site. Stick with reputable sellers.
  • Look for companies with a physical address, not just a post office box.
  • Send a new merchant an e-mail to see if a sales person responds. Note the return e-mail address. Be wary of people using free e-mail accounts.
  • Do not give personal information in any chat room conversation.
  • Do not invest in anything you have not thoroughly researched and found legitimate.
  • Do not respond to special offers.
  • Do not provide unknown senders with any of your personal, financial, or family information. provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.

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