Concerns over shortages and long wait times for products could ramp up the holiday shopping season early. Bao Vang with the Better Business Bureau says scammers are ready to take advantage, particularly online.

“35 percent of scams reported to BBB scam tracker so far in 2021 are online purchase scams. And they have been the riskiest scams over the last two or three years.”

Vang says consumers should protect themselves by doing research, watching out for deals that are too good to be true and paying with a credit card.