4. Avoid losing money to fake or dodgy online sellers
Just because a web address has NZ in it doesn’t make it genuine. Take precautions. Check the site has a padlock symbol next to the URL (beware this is not always fool proof though) in your browser and look for trusted payment systems like Paypal.
Be wary of sites with spelling errors, unusual spelling, or grammar.
Search online for complaints and scams under the product and company name to see what others are saying. If you’re buying from a social networking site like Marketplace, check the seller’s history and read reviews from other people who have bought from them.
Read our guide to buying online [PDF, 482 KB]