Warning about flower delivery swindle might be a scam itself
A warning about a flower-delivery scam has been circulating among Phoenix area residents on NextDoor.com, the neighborhood social-media site.
But is the warning a type of scam, too? The post describes a person having their credit-card number stolen after paying a delivery charge to a fake courier dropping off a surprise basket of flowers and wine.
The story ends with a warning not to accept mystery gifts and to avoid swiping your bank card or giving out personal information unless you initiated the purchase and know the company. The post sounds real, noting that police confirmed several households had been hit by the scam.
There’s just one problem: The incidents are a decade old. And they occurred thousands of miles away in Australia, according to myth-busting websites Snopes and Truth Or Fiction.
Phoenix police Sgt. Jonathan Howard confirmed he has not seen or heard reports of the scam happening here.
Is it bad to share scam warnings if you don’t know whether they’re true?
Howard said he doesn’t want people to live in fear of being scammed. However, “sharing stories like this reminds people that there are those who take advantage of the trust and kindness of others,” he said.
Are you a victim of fraud? Contact reporter Rebekah L. Sanders 602-4448096 or email@example.com.