Online shopping red alerts

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When Sandra Twomey offered to buy a dress for her 15-year-old daughter Karen to celebrate the end of her Junior Cert exams, she thought it would be a simple transaction. That’s not how it turned out.

Karen Twomey chose a dress from an online trader’s Facebook page and borrowed her brother’s credit card to pay for it. Not only did she fail to receive the dress in time for the occasion — despite getting assurances from the seller — it never arrived at all.

The Twomeys contacted the trader repeatedly. In response, they got increasingly abusive and threatening texts. “That went on for weeks,” says Sandra Twomey. “The Facebook page

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