Covid-19 is impacting the start of the new school year and also the way parents are shopping for it.
School supplies in stores are low and because the demand is still high, more people are resorting to online shopping and are rapidly losing money because they are shopping on unfamiliar websites.
Idahoans in the past three months have lost $3000, trying to gather things from school such as name brand clothing, school supplies like white boards and computers, and from online tutors.
The biggest things that you need to beware of online are pop-ups or phishing emails that may appear in your feed since you might have been searching for them on online search engines.
Jeremy Johnson, Marketplace Manager, BBB said, "Unfortunately as parents shop online, that things are popping up in their social media feeds or they're getting different adds about finding things elsewhere and a lot of those retailers that are popping up aren't legitimate and that’s where we're seeing people losing money."
As always to protect yourself online, you should be using a credit card over a debit card so you're not instantly out of money if the website you're ordering from is not legitimate.