BBB: Watch out for back-to-school shopping scams

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Published: Aug. 5, 2022 at 9:10 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - With it officially being August, those looking for those back-to-school bargains are searching high and low.

In today’s world of shopping, most of that is being done online, which is also allowing scammers to take advantage if you’re not too careful. However, Josh Planos, the Public Relations Director for the BBB, says it’s not just parents who need to be on the lookout.

“Teachers and students are increasingly turning to technology for all manner of instruction,” Planos said. “What once was pencils and notepads has really turned to laptops and other pieces of tech equipment. That’s really become the expectation these days, and it’s also kind of turned the back-to-school shopping experience from an in-person brick and mortar approach to one that’s largely done online.”

As with any type of online retailer, Planos said knowing the company or person you’re buying from is key.

“Shop with familiar retailers,” he said. “Laptops, tablets, other tech accessories come at a pretty high asking price, so shopping with businesses that you know and trust to ensure that you get a quality product and good customer service is imperative.”

Also, just because you think it’s the company - it might not be. In fact, some famous company logos will be just slightly altered to trick you into thinking they’re legit.

“Avoid imposters at all costs,” Planos said. “You have con-artists out there who will use the logo and characteristics of brands that you trust, so closely examining the website to verify they are who they say they are and they aren’t just pretending to be that reputable option is going to be crucial for parents this time of year.”

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