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Shopping online to stay safe during the pandemic? Here are 10 tips for avoiding scams

The holiday season is already a booming time for online shopping. The COVID-19 pandemic only increases the likelihood that when people shop this holiday season, they will choose online shopping over brick-and-mortar stores. However, this also means there is likely to be a boom in online scams.

a woman sitting at a table talking on a cell phone: A little digging can help you avoid those too-good-to-be-true traps when shopping online.

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A little digging can help you avoid those too-good-to-be-true traps when shopping online.

Already, multiple companies from outside the U.S. are advertising relatively unchecked on the internet, selling – or even just pretending to sell – all manner of products. The items are typically advertised using designs stolen from legitimate businesses and artists, often ripped off from Etsy, especially if those designs have been featured on popular sites like Bored Panda.


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When people buy these scam products, what arrives is typically of low quality. That’s if anything ever arrives. Often the company just shutters and renames

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With the Deadline of Sept. 20th Fast Approaching, TikTok makes a Last Minute Proposal in the hopes of Avoiding a Total Ban

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TikTok is officially freaking out as the clock winds down when the U.S. Government’s September 20th deadline shuts the door on TikTok if a sale isn’t made. They don’t want to sell their company and told Microsoft and Walmart to take a hike. Then they scrambled with a weird proposal to “partner” with Oracle on Sunday but not sell their company.


We’re now learning more about the Oracle deal. TikTok wants to appease the Trump administration with a deal to open a new U.S. business and hire 20,000 Americans. Oracle will be a data house to ensure that security issues are dealt with as required by the U.S. Government to safeguard consumer information from going to the Chinese Government. At present it still sounds like another stall to get to election day (or week) remaining in tact. That appears to be the ultimate short-term

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Avoiding Regulation Is Counterproductive For Bitcoin Adoption, Former Visa Exec Says

The first sentence of the famous bitcoin white paper reads:

“A purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash would allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution.”

The problem here is that if global adoption was the goal, it’s difficult to eliminate financial institutions — especially if you’re targeting developed markets where the financial systems are matured and reliable. The growing number of crypto debit card offerings suggests that crypto firms are beginning to understand this.

Earlier this year, American crypto exchange Coinbase became the first pure-play cryptocurrency company to receive principal membership from Visa — a status that means that Coinbase can now issue a debit card for itself and other

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