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7 Mother's Day Scams and Top 5 Gift Ideas

When you look for Mother's Day ideas or research where to buy flowers online, make sure you don't falling for the latest scams.

As Mother's Day is the biggest spending date of the year - after Christmas and Thanksgiving - scammers can't wait to showcase their 'creativity' while preying on people's naivety. Below there are seven scams that are circulating these days, as well as a Top 5 Mother's Day gift ideas (you'd love this back & neck massage chair) that you can trust:

 

1. Flower Shop Scam

Watch the video below to see in action the Flower Shop scam exposed:

Flower Shop Scam In The News Video

The most bought item every Mother's Day is a bouquet of flowers. Criminals set up fake online flower shops (they look great!), promote them with advertisements all over the Internet and charge victims who are attracted by the low price. There are no flowers to be delivered and several victims just give their credit card numbers without proper research.

The second variation of this scam comes from real companies that take online payments advertising small prices, but fill the final invoice with shipping charges that the consumer is not aware of. These extra fees bring the total cost to a sum higher than any other regular deal.

How to avoid:

In the first case, always research the seller. You don't buy flowers every day, so don't just jump into paying for the lowest price without doing your homework. Is it a legitimate business? If yes, look for reviews and testimonials.

However, don't believe their own testimonials. Visit an online forum or two, check their Better Business Bureau rating, and research their location. The Internet will give you all you need if you do it right. Don't fall for a phone conversation either – the scammers are good at that, too. We wish we could recommend you one or two stores, but it all depends on where you live.

 

2. Mother's Day Shopping Trends Scam

When it comes to Mother's Day gifts, people typically go on Google and look for things such as "Mother's Day gifts" or "Mother's Day gift ideas". You probably did, too.

However, scammers are well aware of the most desirable gift items by looking for the most sought-after keywords used on the Internet. Then they will do what they can to compromise the security of your computer.

These cyber-crooks will build fake websites containing the most desired items for sale at incredibly steep discounts. Once you make your "purchase" you downloade malicious spyware onto your computer, compromising your device and possibly your identity as well. Alternatively, if they're not sending you a virus, crooks will max out your credit card by selling you inexistent products.

How to avoid:

Be sure your computer is always loaded with the latest malware protection. Be leery of sites that have unsecured URL's. Also, plan to make your purchases on well-known online shopping sites to ensure your identity and the health of your computer.

 

3. Mother's Day E-Card Scam

With the advancement of the technology, many people send e-cards nowadays. As many mothers expect one from their children many open their emails without taking a second look. Unfortunately, criminals know that, too.

These e-cards, which contain malware which will infect computers upon opening, are favorites amongst crooks. These malicious communications are usually tagged mostly with the subject line: "Your children sent you an e-card!"

How to avoid:

Do not open any emails that have that particular title subject. If your kids send you an e-card, the line should be more like: "Peter (or whatever your kid's name is) sent you an e-card", not "your children". Be also careful the other way around, if you decide to send an e-card to your mom. Use only reputable companies such as Smilebox, which lets you send free personalized cards you can create for your mother. 

 

 

4. Fake Gift Cards

As Mother's Day is rapidly approaching and people are trying to find the perfect gift, some prefer giving their mom a gift card so that they can choose the perfect gift for themselves.

Scammers are well aware of this growing trend and are utilizing social media to deliver their scam to unsuspecting shoppers. They offer gift cards to well-known retailers at unbelievably steep discounts through advertisements and posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Once the victim has entered their information into the bogus database, the criminals have all the ammunition they need to steal identities.

The danger with these posts on social media is that people share the "great deal" with their friends and families without knowing that their credit card is maxed out in just a few minutes.

How to avoid:

Use caution. Don't purchase cards from pop-up ads or messages on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Always go to the website of the retailer from whom you are buying the card. By doing this, you know you are making a legitimate purchase and protecting your identity as well. Similar to the e-card example, use only trustworthy companies for the gift card purchase.

 

5. Twitter Instant Deal Scam

If you use Twitter as means of communication, pay attention to this. Let's say you've just posted a tweet about a holiday gift you are trying to find. Within minutes, you receive a direct message or are tagged by another user offering to sell you exactly the item you are looking for. This could easily be a sophisticated scam.

How to avoid:

Unless you know the person that has messaged or tagged you, think twice before accepting any offers. If you do decide to take a chance, never pay up front for any item purchased this way. Remember, if something seems too good to be true, it most likely is.

 

6. Duplication of Known Websites

Cyber criminals will stop at nothing to try and obtain personal information from their victims. This fraudulent behavior includes the elaborate scheme of building complete copies of well-known sites, then sending e-mails promoting great deals. Once you have "shopped" on their site – for merchandise that never arrives – your credit cards have been compromised, and possibly your identity as well.

How to avoid:

Whenever shopping online make sure you are using only secure sites, indicated by the https:// in their web address. If the address begins with http://, steer clear. This is an unsecured site, and your information could be compromised.

 

7. Mother's Day Credit Card Scam

Oh yes, this too. Internet swindlers advertise pay-in-advance scams for credit cards. These emails are sent through bulk spam and advertise with titles such as: "Special this Mother's Day: prequalified, super-low interest credit cards". Also, they offer loans if the victim pays a processing fee up front. "Because we know and appreciate how hard you work as a mom," the fake ad says.

How to avoid:

Never believe pre-paid loan or credit card offers; they are simply not legitimate. No real lender is going to offer credit for an upfront fee. And always be wary of any offer that comes unsolicited to your email. This is a red flag that the offer is bogus.

 

Top 5 Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Now that you know some of the most notorious scams, what do you have in mind for your mom? If you still need some inspiration, below there are five popular items that have been flying off the Amazon stores this past week. They are rated by the seller's reputation, utility and coolness and can be delivered to your door in the next 48 hours with Amazon Prime. Click on each product to see specs and prices:

1. Shiatsu Back & Neck Massager Cushion

back and neck massager cushion

 

This great iteam has three massage stiles: rolling, vibrating and kneading. It also features a soothing heat function for relieving stress and muscle tension. Show your mom some love and appreciation for all her hard work. You can buy it HERE.

 

2. Custom Engraved Cutting Board

engraved cutting board

 

Oh, yes - she will see a "Thank you MOM" every time she will be in the kitchen. The cutting board will have a personalized note on it, whatever you want to say. Decent price, great gift. You can buy it HERE.

 

3. Mother & Daughter Interlocking Necklace

mother daughter necklace

 

This gift has been rated 5-stars by all purchasers. The necklace is made of 925 Sterling Silver that doesn't make your skin green or red. The chain is dainty but strong. The manufacturer will replace it if needed. A sweet, stylish accessory that shows you care. You can buy it HERE.

 

4. Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser Air Humidifier

air humidifier

 

This gift comes as a very cool shape and it also changes 7 colors. It's the perfect combination of modern elements and natural decoration. With just 3-5 drops of your favorite 100% natural essential oil in 100 ml of water, your mom's room will be filled with a pleasant aroma helping her relax. You can buy it HERE.

 

5. HXZZ Natural Topaz Necklace

necklace

 

Ladies love necklaces. This one is one of the most popular gifts this year, as it's 925 Sterling Silver (plated with 18K white gold).It comes with a beautiful gift box. GEM stone is a natural topaz (8*10mm). You can buy it HERE.

 

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