Avoid Mother’s Day scams

Avoid Mother’s Day scams

According to the Better Business Bureau, Mother’s Day shopping is expected to reach a near-record high this year as consumers are predicted to spend $23.1 billion on gifts. The BBB is warning consumers to beware of scams centered around this spending influx.

Here are some tips to remember when doing your shopping for the special day:

-Be a savvy shopper. Take your time and read the fine print. This includes the added fees for shipping, handling, and delivery. Review your order and verify the total before confirming your purchase.

-Read the description. Online photos use a perfect setting and professional lighting to make the products look as attractive as possible. Your final product may not look quite the same. Make sure you know what you’re getting by reading the full description.

-Don’t be deceived by promotions. Mother’s Day is a popular time for online promotions, but most have terms and conditions. Check that you’re getting the savings you expect.

-Know the delivery method. Some companies have different delivery methods: same-day, international, standard, guaranteed delivery. Be sure you know which delivery service you are paying for and that you have allowed enough time.

-Pay with a credit card. Credit cards provide additional protections and are often easier for disputing charges. Debit cards, prepaid cards, or gift cards don’t have the same protections as a credit card.