Flowers Ordered Online
Order Flowers Online Scam: How It Works
(with video below) Most people like the convenience of ordering flowers online, particularly for occasions such as Valentine's Day or Mother's Day. Unlike any other day of the year, these particular times are universally known for generating a high amount of flowers sold all over the world.
Unfortunately, scammers are taking this to their advantage. They make millions preying on victims' naivety and lack of caution. It is reported that criminals set up fake online flower shops, promote them with advertisements all over the Internet (e.g. "offering the best prices on Valentine's Day!") and charge consumers who order online, attracted by the low price.
Indeed, there are no flowers to be delivered, and several victims just give their credit cards without proper homework.
The Best Place To Order Flowers Online Is…Your Local Shop
There are also real companies that take payments over the Internet advertising small prices, but the final invoice comes with a surcharge or a shipping charge that the consumer is not aware of. These extra payments bring the total cost to a number higher than any other regular deal.
Watch the video below to see a short guide on how to properly buy flowers online:
How To Avoid The Order Flowers Online Scam:
In the first case, always research the seller. You are not buying flowers every day, so don't just jump into paying for the cheapest price without doing your homework. Is it a legitimate business? If yes, look for reviews and testimonials. Don't believe their own testimonials.
Visit a local online forum, check their Better Business Bureau rating, and research their location. Internet will give you all you need, if you do it right. Don't fall for an eventual phone conversation either – the scammers are good at that, too.
How To Report The Order Flowers Online Scam:
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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