YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Back to school shopping is in full swing, especially after the tax free holiday weekend. But as the kids get ready to head back to class, experts say there are some things Mom and Dad need to watch out for.
There are plenty of legitimate deals out there that can save you big bucks, but it’s also a prime opportunity for scam artists to hook parents on schemes that are too good be true.
Experts say a lot of scams target social media sites and parents looking to save some money.
“One of the common back to school scams that we see through social media is a promise that you can get an electrical device such as a smartphone or tablet for $20 or a $1,000 coupon for your shopping spree or even a voucher for use inside the store at just a fraction of the price – and that simply doesn’t make sense,” said Howard Schwartz, Better Business Bureau.
A lot of the schemes involve opening a text message or clicking on an ad that winds up downloading malware to your smartphone or computer.
To protect yourself, cyber-security experts say avoid clicking on any ad on social media, unless you’ve actually signed up for deals with that retailer.
And remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.