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Halloween Scam: How It Works

(with video below) Not everyone might know the origins of Halloween, but almost everyone loves this special day at the end of October. Halloween is the second most consumer-driven holiday, nipping on the heels of Christmas regarding how much money is spent each year. However, real nightmare scams can occur if shoppers aren’t careful.

Whether you're looking for Halloween costume ideas for women, men, couples or kids, be aware of the fake shops popping up this week. Halloween decorations are also a lucrative bait for scammers. The most advertised items by the crooks are the Wonder women costumes, power rangers, Little Mermaid, knights, maids, nuns, Police officers or Star Wars costumes. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see in action the Halloween Store scam exposed:

Halloween Ideas Store Exposed Video

The focus of these scams are the pop-up Halloween online stores 'here today, gone tomorrow' that show up on the Internet each October.

Local authorities receive many complaints each year regarding these fly-by-night operations, committing to sending you your costume overnight. The majority of the complaints center on websites not delivering merchandise promptly, if at all.

The storefront operations most cited complaints were of the poor quality of merchandise and the difficulty of obtaining refunds.


Halloween Scam: How to Avoid

When trying a new or unfamiliar online store, find out the company's  physical address and telephone number then check the Better Business Bureau’s website at

Find out their return and refund policies before any purchases are made. When shopping at a physical location ask about their intended closing date to ensure you have time to return any unused merchandise after Halloween. Many of these shops close up immediately after Halloween, so be aware of this.


Also, check the policy regarding shipping times; is there a money back guarantee if your purchases arrive late? Federal law mandates that any goods and services purchased online or from catalogs be shipped within 30 days of purchase unless the vendor specifically states differently.

Lastly, be vigilant about giving your credit card and other personal identifying information on secure sites only. If the web address’s prefix doesn’t begin with “https”, do not purchase from that website.


Halloween Fake Shops: How to Report Them

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:

Report To The FTC Here


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