It may be the one thing parents dread most during the holidays: coming up short when looking for the must-have toy of the season.
This year, Fingerlings top the list. The cute, finger-puppet monkeys have already sold out at many stores, opening the door for con-artists to sell counterfeit versions, or worse - taking money for orders they never intend to fill.
This scam typically begins when adults search online for the item they are unable to find in the store. A website that looks legitimate features images of the toy and promotes a company that promises fast shipping. Then, once you've entered your credit card information, the con-game begins. According to the Better Business Bureau, consumers report being unable to contact the company by phone or email when their order does not arrive. Others, who receive counterfeit toys, are told that getting a refund is impossible.
Those who want to avoid being taken for a ride should consider the following:
To report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker.
Got a question for the BBB? Contact Regional Director Kelly Trevino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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