BBB warns of online shopping, puppy scams
When Christmas and the holiday season comes around, various types of online scammers do their utmost to part consumers from their money.
Fraudsters can make almost anything into an online scam, Better Business Bureau reports: Puppies. Beauty products. “Men’s health” items like erectile-dysfunction drugs.
BBB regional offices recently issued a series of warnings about the problem. BBB’s Springfield director, Stephanie Garland, said that the nonprofit watchdog group sees online shopping scams as misfortunes that flare up around the holidays but continue year-round.
Since January 2021, BBB performed three distinct consumer surveys to learn more about U.S. shoppers and their behavior online, Garland said. What the nonprofit watchdog group found is that most consumers would rather shop local, but that the majority of them are also shopping online due to convenience factors, in part due to pandemic-era conditions but especially because they want to save precious minutes better spent with loved ones.
In keeping with that consumer expectation, one BBB poll reported that 80 percent of consumers said it’s important for retailers and other businesses to have websites.
BBB cites these new scammer tactics
But websites, and social media platforms that link to them, are also the paths that fraudsters use to take advantage of people. And they modify their tactics constantly, BBB says.
In the past 12 months, scammers have moved beyond their traditional bailiwick hawking bogus “free…