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It’s a sad reality of the world we live in that there are people out there who only intend to deceive others. This fact is particularly true when it comes to the internet. The FBI released its Internet Crime Report and the results were incredible. Arizona ranked 13th among all states in number of internet crime victims in 2018. The most common type of internet-related crime nationwide in 2018 was non-delivery crimes.

Non-delivery crimes occur when you pay for a product or service and never receive what you pay for.

Protecting yourself

No one likes to feel taken advantage of. Fortunately, the FBI has released tips on ways to prevent becoming a victim of these crimes. Here are a few ideas:

  • Do your research. Double check the companies that you are purchasing from, especially if they are a foreign company. Take the time to do research on the company if you’re unfamiliar with them. You should be able to find a company’s contact information, as well as online reviews.
  • Verify the seller’s contact info. Before completing your purchase, call the company’s phone number to make sure it’s legitimate. The FBI also encourages you to favor physical addresses over P.O. Boxes.
  • Ask the seller questions. A great way to assess the legitimacy of a company is asking questions. They should be able to tell you about things like available warranties or return policies.

You dont have to be a statistic

Thousands of people become victims of internet crimes every year and the good news is that you don’t have to be one of them. A little research and a few questions can go a long way in preventing yourself from become a victim of fraud. If a seller can’t provide you with basic information or something simply feels “off,” consider looking for the product somewhere else.