BBB warns of back-to-school scams as potential shortages on supplies looms

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The Better Business Bureau is warning parents to be on the lookout for back-to-school scams as students prepare to return to the classroom.

Due to potential shortages on certain items, including shoes, backpacks and technology equipment, the BBB is telling consumers to be wary of online deals that may sound too good to be true.

“Parents are certainly going to turn to online shopping to get the things their children will need for school,” said Steve Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “And as we know, scammers follow the headlines, so it’s a safe bet they’ll see that as an opportunity to line their pockets.”

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Bernas said scammers may target unsuspecting parents who are desperate to find needed supplies for their students using pop-up ads on social networking sites and fake websites.

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