WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Picture this, you find a website with discounts and place an order for delivery, but come Valentine’s Day, nothing shows up. This is a common online scheme that thousands of Americans fall victim to each year.
To avoid falling for a scheme this Valentine’s Day, experts say you should pay close attention to the price of flowers online. If it looks too good to be true, chances are it might be.
Peter Soule is the co-owner of Durocher Florist in West Springfield. He told 22News he’s seen dozens of customers lose their money to fake websites. “Consumers can ask, may I come in your shop? That’s usually a kind of give away, if they have some type of excuse they don’t exist in your town or the town that you’re calling. You can also just ask for their address, their physical address,” he said.
There are of course, legitimate websites. To be safe, search The Better Business Bureau’s website to verify credibility.
West Springfield resident Brandon Blais said he plans on buying flowers soon, but he’ll be going to a local store to make his purchase.
“I plan on going out to dinner and getting roses and a card and what not. I usually go into stores I usually don’t order them online, just makes it more personable,” he said.
You can avoid additional charges by finding a nearby florist.
Robert Gadlicka of West Springfield said he’s gone to the same local florist for years. I usually do local florists, I never order online. I always like to look at what I’m ordering,” he said.
Grocery stores tend to have cheaper deals for floral arrangements, and many of them will let you watch them make your arrangement.