Parents have enough worries about the return to school in September amid COVID-19 without having to fear getting scammed while looking for good deals.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says it has received almost 400 reports about online purchase scams.

Market research firm, Deloitte, found that consumers are not only planning to make more technology purchases, they are also using digital technology to make those purchases. Additionally, nearly half of consumers want to shop for their technology purchases online, and the top two factors driving their purchase decisions are quality and price. 

“The 2021 back-to-school shopping season has all the conditions necessary to facilitate a spike in online purchase scams,” said Karla Laird, senior manager for media and communications at BBB Serving Mainland BC. “Scammers may target shoppers with phony deals, enticing ads online and on social media, as well as with attractive but fake websites….

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