How to shop for a safe Hal­loween out­fit

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Direc­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions with the Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Com­mis­sion ( done through your lo­cal dis­trict court and cases up to the value of €2,000 are ac­cepted. There is a non-re­fund­able fee of €25 to make a claim.

In gen­eral, be­fore you buy any­thing on­line, re­search the seller first. Look for re­views of the web­site, to see if other con­sumers have any pos­i­tive or neg­a­tive feed­back.

As well as le­git­i­mate busi­nesses, there are a lot of scams ac­tive on Face­book, so it is im­por­tant to pro­tect your­self. Be­ware of deals that seem too good to be true — such as an ex­pen­sive item at a very low price. Check out any re­views of the seller be­fore you buy. Some post rave re­views about them­selves, so al­ways check, if you can, who the au­thors of re­views are. Fi­nally, be very cau­tious if an on­line seller will only ac­cept a money trans­fer or cash. Most le­git­i­mate sell­ers will ac­cept more than one form of pay­ment — and will usu­ally ac­cept pay­ment by credit or debit card.

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