VANCOUVER —
Many of you may be doing your back-to-school shopping online this year but beware. You may find yourself purchasing a product that never arrives or receive something that is inferior to what you thought you had purchased.

Look-a-like websites often piggyback on legitimate business websites by using the same logos and page layout but if you check closely, you may find that something is off in the URL. Fake websites by design trick you into buying substandard merchandise or may completely take your money without sending any product at all. They are also used to gather your personal information.

“When you do make a purchase on that website, it’s not going to the legitimate business, it’s going to the scammer along with your personal information and the money that you spent to get that product,” explained Karla Laird, Better Business Bureau of Mainland B.C.

Some red flags include pop-up ads on social media, prices that…

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