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Online flower scams on the rise as Mother’s Day approaches

By now, most of us have heard of puppy scams, IRS scams, and fake text messages that claim to be from your bank but aren't. Now as we approach Mother's Day, it's time for, get ready for it, flower scams.

Last-minute gifts can turn into blooming headaches if you get tripped up by the wrong flash sale or promotion.

Online florist scams can pop up around big holidays such as Mother's Day or Valentine's Day — or even wedding season — as shoppers search for deals, according to an alert earlier this year from the Better Business Bureau.

So-called Hallmark holidays, like Mother's Day, kind of sneak up on you and create what some call the "perfect storm" for online shopping scams. "When you send somebody flowers, you often don't give that person a heads-up. It's a surprise," said Amy Nofziger, director of victim support for the AARP Fraud Watch Network.


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