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BBB warns of schemes around Valentine’s Day

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The Better Business Bureau is warning the public about schemes which may trick the public this Valentine’s Day.

Officials with the BBB advise that social media is not the safest place to buy gifts.

“Before purchasing anything, by any means, make sure you check the refund and exchange policy of that particular company, person or individual,” said Dolores Salinas, President of the Better Business Bureau of South Texas. “If you don’t care for it, if it’s all sales final, no refunds, no exchanges, no recourse, then you might choose to buy elsewhere.” 

Some tips when shopping online include:

  • Be sure to check the reliability of the website you are using
  • Check the Better Business Bureau website for a business profile on the business (look at the complaints)
  • Read reviews on the company’s website
  • Make sure the company will be able to deliver on the date you wish
  • Use a major credit card when shopping online
  • Look for the lock as well as the https:// at the front of the web address

According to the Federal Trade Commission, the United States has some of the biggest losses around Valentine’s Day.

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