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Tips to shop safe as scammers looking to take advantage of product shortages

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – Supply chain issues and mail delays are pushing more people to start their holiday shopping early, but the Better Business Bureau is reminding folks to shop safe and smart so that they do not become a victim of a scam.

Popular gift items that typically go out of stock due to high demand may be even tougher to find because of shortages.

Scammers use this as an opportunity to create fake websites and offer those items for sale when they don’t really have them.

“You really want to make sure you’re dealing with reputable companies and reputable retailers, so that you know that you’re getting legitimate goods that are going to be what either you want or what the person on your list wants,” Julie Wheeler, President and CEO of the BBB Serving Western Virginia, said.

Some red flags to look for to see if a website is fake is check for grammar mistakes, research the age of the domain and look for contact information.

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