Warn­ing about flower de­liv­ery swin­dle might be a scam it­self

The Arizona Republic - - Business - Re­bekah L. San­ders Ari­zona Repub­lic USA TO­DAY NET­WORK

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 protected]­cen­tral.com.

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