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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

SCAM ALERT: Scammers re-direct online shoppers

As students’ summer vacation enter the home stretch, families are beginning to prepare for the upcoming school year — which can translate into a little online shopping.

Recently, the Better Business Bureau sent out a report warning online shoppers that scammers have a few tricks up their sleeves targeting online school shoppers.

“When shopping online, be wary of “click bait” ads that feature items that imply that you may want or need it based on the search history,” a BBB official stated recently. “Scammers could be trying to drive you to a different website to potentially steal personal information.”

The suggestion by the BBB is to take note of the ad and go to the store’s website by directly typing into the search bar. Shoppers should make note of the website’s privacy policy, contact information and always use a credit card when making a purchase.

Send your scam story to: rahnl@windomnews.com, or call 507-831-3455. Stories will appear in an upcoming edition and in a Thursday website report. By sharing your story, you may prevent others from being scammed.

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