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BBB warns of back to school shopping scams

 BBB warns of back to school shopping scams

Most students in Alberta are expected to return to in-person learning this September and that fact has led the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to warn parents and students about tech purchases made online.

“Many students are required to have digital learning tools such as laptops,” says Mary O’Sullivan-Andersen, President and CEO of the BBB Serving southern Alberta and East Kootenay. “This type of demand, unfortunately, also creates a context where there can be an increased risk of being scammed.”

O’Sullivan-Anderson adds that due to disruptions to the supply chain during the pandemic there is also a reported shortage of microchips.  It’s under those circumstances that consumers may take more risks and go to online sites they are unfamiliar with.

BBB offers these tips for consumers considering purchasing technology:

  • Shop with familiar retailers. Laptops, tablets or other tech accessories can be a…

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