Don’t Let Scams Ruin Mother’s Day

Tue May 3, 2022 2:55 p.m.

By the Better Business Bureau

Mother’s day is approaching ! A National Retail Federation (NRF) survey shows families plan to spend more on Mother’s Day this year than in the past. Flowers, jewelry and special outings are hot items this year, and 84% plan to celebrate, according to the NRF.
The Better Business Bureau reminds everyone to exercise caution when shopping online and in stores when spending money.

BBB annual risk report identifies online shopping scams as the most risky. Here are some tips to avoid getting scammed on Mother’s Day gifts:

Online shopping scams are identified as the most risky by BBB Annual Risk Report. Here are some tips to avoid getting scammed on Mother’s Day gifts:

•Online shopping. Avoid suspicious websites and shiny pop-up ads. Make sure the website has the https:// and the “padlock” icon in the URL. Do not click on hyperlinks in unsolicited emails. Pay by credit card or PayPal. Understand return and refund policies. Read the fine print. BBB has more online shopping tips.

•Flowers. Since Mother’s Day flower sales are the second highest selling time for your local florist, it’s important to choose wisely and find someone you can trust with your order. Complaints to BBB about florists included late, wrong, or undelivered flowers. Additionally, it is not uncommon for local florists to be affiliated with third-party entities. BBB advises consumers to confirm that the company they are ordering from is affiliated with this online source. If you are sending flowers to your mother in another city, it is best to search online for a florist in her area. Make sure you have plenty of time for delivery, find out about any charges associated with your order, and make sure the date is clearly specified and guaranteed when you place your order.

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√ BBB achieved research on the florist sectorreviewing positive and negative reviews and complaints on BBB.org.

Find a florist near you in the BBB directory.

•Electronic. Whether you’re planning to buy Mom a new phone, tablet, or other electronic device, be sure to leave it in its original packaging. Many retailers require the original packaging to process returns or exchanges. Buy from reputable dealers; check their notes on BBB.org.

•Jewelry. Do your research and consider visiting a jewelry store near you against buying online. Save your receipts and read the fine print; ask about their return policy. Read more advice on buying and selling jewelry.

• Gift cards and certificates. Check the terms and conditions of any gift card or certificate before purchasing, so that’s not a problem. If you’re giving a gift card to someone who will be shopping online, make sure the gift card is usable for online purchases, not just in-store use. Make sure the gift card has not been tampered with. Before purchasing a gift card, consider these additional tips.

•Guides, visits and courses. Art classes, wine tastings, and cooking classes are fun ways to celebrate and spend time with mom. However, it is important to get the details of these activities in writing. Be sure to clarify total costs and features, if there are reservations needed, if there are any restrictions, special time requirements or cancellation fees.

•Restaurants. To find restaurants near you and read reviews and complaints on BBB.org. Do a look for by trade name. You can also view restaurant inspection records online to help you make an informed choice.

If you come across a scam, report it to BBB’s Scam Tracker by visiting www.BBB.org/scamtracker.

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