NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — Every year there are reminders about not falling for scams around the holidays, but this year the warning is even louder.

The pandemic has sparked shortages of toys, cars and just about anything that can make a nice gift and a nice scam.

“I think we really need to consider the fact that we’ve been living in very un-normal time sort of past two years,” said Caleb Nix with the Better Business Bureau.

According to Nix, the pandemic is just one reason why we need to be on high alert when it comes to scams more than ever this year.

“With that comes a lot of stress and anxiety and one of the things that we know about scams and scammers is when you see something that looks fake, it can sometimes when you’re under stress bypass your prefrontal cortex. So, you’re not necessarily making decisions that you would normally make in those situations, so it’s important to take them into consideration, specifically during this year,” Nix said.

The BBB says online purchase scams in the past month made up 23% of reported scams in the Middle Tennessee region compared to 29% over 2020.

The BBB also believes ongoing effects of the pandemic, like product shortages and increased online shopping, are likely to result in even more online purchase scams in 2021.

“We know that there’s a lot of factors that are affecting shopping, from people wanting to purchase online to shipping issues to microchip shortage,” said Nix. “We’re seeing all these factors that are affecting the…

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