With Thanksgiving approaching and the Holiday shopping season underway, more of us will be shopping online because of the pandemic. K R P S’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
This year the Better Business Bureau estimates that online shopping will grow by at least 35 percent, and online scammers are ready to take advantage of the increase in web traffic due to the pandemic. The non-profit also reminds consumers to be cautious of purchasing items at prices that may look too good to be true, including buying the least expensive item because they may not include all of the features you’re looking for. Denise Groene of the Better Business Bureau, “If you’re looking for a product and that price point catches your eye maybe it’s cheaper on one particular website that you’ve seen in other areas. Make sure you’re taking the time to make sure the models you are looking at are comparable.” Also, be aware that scammers are creating ads for companies that don’t exist and are advertising them on social media platforms. Even after you completed what you think is a legitimate purchase, scammers are also creating phony shipping confirmation emails. For more information, visit bbb.org.