BACK TO SCHOOL: Scammers prey on those stocking up on school supplies

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It's almost the start of another school year, which means it's time to load up on the pencils and notebooks.

But before filling up your shopping carts, the Better Business Bureau is warning parents and students alike to be on the lookout for back-to-school discount scams that are circulating the internet.

The BBB says advertisements tend to pop up on social media this time of year, offering large deals and discounts at popular retailers. In order to obtain the discount, you'll have to click on a link that will typically ask for your information. While the deal may seem hard to beat, in reality, it's an attempt for scammers to steal your information.

Luckily, the BBB is offering ways to shop smart ahead of the school year:

• Always make sure that your internet browser is secure before making any type of purchase online. A secure browser includes "https" at the start of the domain, as well as a lock symbol in front of the URL.
• Be wary of any website that asks for your personal information to access any special deals or claims to be giving away a large chunk of money.
• Typically, retailers will send coupons in the mail or give you coupons at checkout, rather than offer it online.
• Contact the company yourself if you have any questions about the validity of a discount.

If you or someone you know has fallen victim to this scam, contact the Better Business Bureau immediately for further assistance.