With more students in Southwest Florida returning to classrooms this school year demand for school supplies will be high, leading to the possibility of shortages and raising concerns over online shopping scams.

In order for consumers to protect themselves, shoppers must make sure online deals are legitimate.

“What parents are challenged with at this point in time is juggling the transition from the at-home learning to the in-person learning,” said Sandra Guile with the Better Business Bureau.

There may be a shortage of supplies in stores which could lead to parents shopping online.

“This is where the scammers are finding the opportunity,” Guile said. “How can I make the most money off of this situation where people are at a disadvantage, they can’t shop and compare, to go to store to store or find it on the shelf.”

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