CHICAGO -- It's that time of year: High school kids already thinking about prom season. It is also the season ripe for internet scams.
The scams that are targeting teens right now translate in many industries. In this case, high school girls are shopping online for their prom dress. When they find it on websites for a fraction of the cost, they often leap and click too soon. They think they're saving money, but in the end, they are the ones who pay the price.
Use your credit card to make online purchases so that if you become a victim of fraud, you might have some recourse. The credit card company will investigate and potentially give you your money back.
But watch for identity theft. And watch that credit card bill, the criminals might hold onto it for months--even years before they start using your account without your knowledge.
Experts say these online scammers are hard to catch and almost impossible to shut down. This is also going on in the limo and party bus industry, too.