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Warning for Holiday Shoppers: Be Careful of Tricky ‘Discreet Shipping’ Scams When Buying Gifts

The primary objective of the Texas Sales Tax Holiday 2023 is to give taxpayers a chance to support local businesses while easing the financial burden of back-to-school shopping and other essential purchases.  (Photo: WJLX1015)

Avoiding this new scam may be easier than you think.

The primary objective of the Texas Sales Tax Holiday 2023 is to give taxpayers a chance to support local businesses while easing the financial burden of back-to-school shopping and other essential purchases.  (Photo: WJLX1015)

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According to The U.S. Sun, Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning holiday shoppers about a sneaky scam reported on its scam tracker. Some fake online stores are charging extra for what they call “discreet shipping,” claiming it’s for special packaging or stamps. However, it’s just a trick to take more money from people shopping online. The scam targets those buying things like diet pills, vaping stuff, ammunition, and CBD edibles. Sometimes, they sneak in the extra charge when you mark your purchase as a gift. Others say it’s for discreet stamps to get through customs. The BBB wants shoppers to be careful and watch out for these tricky schemes while buying holiday gifts online.

HOW IT WORKS

 Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning people about a tricky online scam. Here’s how it works: you buy something online, pay for the item and shipping, but then the seller says you need to pay more for “discreet shipping.” Be careful because scammers often want this extra payment through apps like Zelle or CashApp, making it harder to get your money back. The BBB shared a story about someone who ordered cigars online from a real company. After the purchase, a fake “shipping company” asked for more money for insurance and a special kind of delivery. Despite the buyer’s attempts, the scammers refused to cancel the order or give a refund without more money. So, it’s a reminder to be extra careful when shopping online during the holidays.

AVOIDING SCAMS

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has some easy tips to help you avoid scams this holiday season. First, only buy stuff from stores you know are good. Before you buy something, check out the company or website to make sure they’re real. Look for a working phone number and address on their website. Also, learn how different ways of paying for things work. Credit cards might be safer because you can fight against fake charges. But if you use apps like Zelle or CashApp, it’s like using cash, and it’s super hard to get your money back if something goes wrong. The BBB is sharing these tips because scams can happen, and they want people to be smart about it during the holidays.

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