Dear June: Help Me Protect My Identity!

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Dear June,

Do you shop online? And if so, what qualifications do you use in picking the places you feel comfortable?

Mary Kiely, Illinois

Dear Mary Kiely, (If, in fact, you are Mary Kiely and not someone masquerading as such),

I appreciate someone who gets to the point. Thank you for your inquiry.

My husband (who is supposed to be studying Hebrew at the moment) is suddenly very interested in tonight’s Dear June column. He chose your question from 17 choices and has this to say:

“Buy gift cards. Use them online. Re-charge them when you’ve used them up. Then–if for some reason you DO get scammed, it won’t be for more than the gift card’s value.”

To answer your question, I do not shop online very often. But when I do, I limit my shopping experience to stores I know and trust.

Feel special, Mary Kiely. Your question was answered by an entire village.

Be safe.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Great answer. I hadn't heard the gift card answer before to that question.

    Barbara Bradley

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wouldn't you have to purchase the gift card online though?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the comments.

    Anonymous, you can purchase VISA gift cards from your bank or local grocery store. They work like credit cards online. Only they are identity-free.


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