unscrupulous telemarketing, and internet website firms are posing as local florists - Watch
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Is Your Local Florist Really Long Distance?
are a great way to celebrate a birthday, cheer up a sick friend, or simply
brighten someoneís day.
local florist is just a phone call away, or so you think. Some
unscrupulous telemarketing and internet website service bureau firms are posing as local florists,
charging you higher fees and taking business away from legitimate florists
in your town.
how the deception works.
A telemarketer, or internet website service bureau
takes out a bogus listing in the white pages, yellow pages of your telephone directory
or spams the Internet with made up flower shop names in local cities to present themselves as a real Brick-And-Mortar Florist in that destination city. The company will often
use your townís name in its own to make you believe itís local.
the name of a legitimate local florist may be listed with a different
local phone number. For example, Minneapolis Florists.
you call, youíre unknowingly forwarded to an out-of-town telemarketing
operation, an internet website service bureau will actually answer the phone.
takes your order and credit card information for payment, and forwards back into town,
your order, to an area, local florist
pockets a processing fee and a percentage of the sale as well. Often these fees are up to $14.95 Plus a Whopping 20% commission, a service fee they keep on your order!
realize you have been scammed until you get higher than expected charges
from an out-of town company on your credit card statement, usually from an, aaahem florist you do not recognize, or learn that
the flowers werenít delivered as ordered, or worse, were never delivered
to Protect Yourself
these tips before you order your next pot of posies so that you do not
get bloomin mad!
- Ask neighbors,
family, friends, and co-workers for recommendations.
- Deal only with
shops that list a street address with their phone number. If you are
asking directory assistance for a number, also ask for the street
number and address. If there isnít one, consider doing business
with another florist.
- Ask the florist
to itemize the charges. In addition to the price of the arrangement,
most florists charge a delivery fee and taxes if you live in the same
state. If they have a processing fee, or convenience fee ask why and then make your decision based on the answer to cancel and move on
- Ask the florist How Late They are Open, and - Ask the florist
for directions to the shop. If they hesitate or refuse, consider this
a red flag, and avoid doing business with the florist.
- Ask the florist
if they can deliver to other cities, pick one in advance, on the other
side of the country. Ask them if they can deliver this them selves
or do they have to "wire it out" - Then ask them if they
have to "wire out the order you are calling to place. Ask them
if they charge a convenience fee or service charge - No Local Flower
Shop Will Ever Charge This Type Of Fee For A local Delivery! If you
are suspicious, move on to another shop. Be especially careful of
- Check out the florist
youíre considering with the local Better Business Bureau and consumer
protection officials in your area. Or, if youíre ordering flowers
from a local shop in another city or state, contact the consumer protection
officials there. Ask if they have any unresolved consumer complaints
on file. Also ask them to verify the street address.
a Rose is a Ruse:
What to Do If Youíve Been Scammed:
If you placed an order through a wire service, a toll-free number,
or a local florist, call the toll-free number of the florist and describe
the problem. Many wire services will work with the filling florist to
fix the problem or refund your money.
arrangement was never delivered, and you paid by credit card, you can
dispute the charges with the card issuer.
sure the bill is not more than you bargained for!
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