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The BBB Says Beware as Scammers Love to Break Your Heart and Break into Your Bank Account for Valentine's Day
CHICAGO - February 07, 2017 - Whether its dinner and a movie, flowers and jewelry, or sweets for your sweetheart- consumers will spend big this Valentine's Day. In 2016 shoppers spent nearly $20 billion on gifts for their loved ones. The National Retail Federation expects this year to exceed that figure. Showing some love is great, but do so carefully, the Better Business Bureau says not only does Cupid target you so do scammers.
"There are a host of things that consumers need to look out for," says Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. "That includes everything from identity theft to romance scams."
It's expected, this year like last, the vast majority of dollars spent will be with florists. Bernas suggests, "When buying flowers don't wait until the last minute.
Because of the convenience many consumers will choose to make their floral purchases online however, be very careful when choosing an online florist. With the amount of money that consumers are expected to spend you can be certain that scammers and unscrupulous businesses will also be looking to benefit. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission even has a name for unscrupulous online florists - "petal pushers".
And then there are other scams:
If you encounter any kind of scam the BBB urges you to report it to Scamtracker.
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