Fraud Watch: Beware of back-to-school scams | Lifestyles

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Not long ago a national retail chain promoted back-to-school shopping with the song “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Well, once again, scammers and fraudsters are singing the same tune. August is anticipated by retailers and by scammers. Here are some of the most common scams and questionable hypes in circulation.

Super Sales – criminals promote online scams by creating websites offering sought-after items at deep discounts. Computers and other tech items are sold at almost unheard-of prices. Promotions may even note “tax free” or free shipping from companies not recognized. Step back! Remember the adage “if it seems too good to be true…” Check before pulling the trigger on a purchase. Investigate the company with a web search for the company name with the word “review” or “rating.” Use…

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