200 scam complaints reported for Mother's Day, so far
Mother’s Day is this weekend, Sunday, May 13, and spending for the holiday is expected to reach $23.1 billion this year, according to the National Retail Federation. The Better Business Bureau has already received complaints of scams it wants you to know about.
“With the increased spending we’ve got 43,000 inquiries on just flowers and jewelry stores and already 200 complaints, and that’s just in our region,” said Michelle Tabler, spokesperson with the Better Business Bureau
A total of 86 percent of Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day and spend an average of $180 per person, according to the National Retail Federation. The most common types of scams are online.
“The number one are the ads on social media,” Tabler said. “You’ll see flowers and you’re seeing jewelry and all kinds of stuff. You want to look at the fine print. They always have great pictures, but is the description really what is in the picture?”
If you’re not sure if a company’s website is legitimate you can look for it and its reviews on the BBB’s website.
To avoid Mother’s Day scams, experts recommend the following:
- Don’t be deceived by promotions.
- Read the fine print.
- Know the delivery method.
- Pay with a credit card.
If you think you’ve been scammed, go to the scam tracker at the Better Business Bureau’s website.