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Originally published Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8:00 PM

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How to shop safely online

Here are some websites that can help protect you from online fraud and identity theft.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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Online shopping continues to gain in popularity among consumers, and a simple mistake or assumption about a retail website’s security, however, can increase the possibility of fraud or even identity theft.

Several websites offer good advice about shopping safely online. Here are some that are worth a visit: Presents basic, yet key safety tips for online shopping. /articles/0020-shopping-online

Better Business Bureau: Offers 10 online shopping safety tips for the holiday season.

FindLaw: Highlights steps to avoid scams and maximize a safe online shopping experience. Features 10 tips to review before embarking on an online shopping spree.

AARP: Offers safety tips for shopping from non-retail sellers, such as online classifieds, auctions and marketplaces.

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