HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Coronavirus pandemic has caused certain scams to spike in 2020. Now, experts are warning consumers about the top five schemes to watch out for as the new year begins.

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The Better Business Bureau has seen the number of consumers falling for common scams soar last year. Cyber criminals will continue to use those same schemes as the new year progresses.

The BBB says the big one to look out for is online shopping scams.

“We saw it with the PPE gear and we see it all the time where people go online, they shop at a website that they don’t really know,” said Roseann Freitas, The Better Business Bureau Hawaii Marketplace Manger. “Then they purchase an item that they never get or they get an inferior product.”

Pet scams skyrocketed last year with con artists posting fake offers online. The BBB also expects

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