This Fourth of July marks the 245th Independence Day celebration since the ratification of the U.S. Constitution in 1776. While American society has changed drastically in the two-and-a-half centuries since then, the holiday is an opportunity for individuals and businesses to reflect on their history and celebrate the future. However, as is typical during every holiday, it is crucial to remain aware of scammers looking to use Independence Day festivities to con people out of their money.

Independence Day scams typically take form in one of the following ways:

Flag-buying scams. Around the Fourth of July, many people turn to the Internet to purchase patriotic-themed flags to display in their yard. An increase in online shopping for a particular product brings an increase…

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