SIOUX FALLS, SD ( – The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning online shoppers to be especially cautious when buying from an ad on Facebook or Instagram. The BBB says during the pandemic, people turned to online shopping, and with the shoppers comes the scammers.

According to Jessie Schmidt from the BBB South Dakota, the explosion in the number of people shopping online has caused reports to scam-tracker to skyrocket. In 2015, only 13% of the reports to scam-tracker involved online shopping. By 2021, 64% of reports with a loss to the buyer involved online shopping.

For ways to avoid the scammers or to report possible scams, visit the BBB website Online Shopping information page.

To read their study on online shopping, visit Better Business Bureau Study on Online Shopping

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