DANE COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV) – The holiday shopping season is quickly approaching and many will be shopping online this year.
With supply chain issues and shortages, experts say scammers will take advantage. The Better Business Bureau is warning about online purchase scams.
According to a new report, online purchase scams now account for more than a third of all scams reported to the BBB.
The BBB tracks scams through its Scam Tracker. Data compiled from 2015 to 2021 found that four out of five consumers who report an online scam, loses money.
More than 55,000 online purchase scams have been reported to the BBB since 2015.
Consumers complained about losing money after purchasing a product online and later finding out that the website or company was not legitimate.
BBB Wisconsin officials say scammers are getting better at tricking people online and anyone can be at risk.
“Usually we think about older people losing money. In this case the 18…