Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular times of the year to send flowers. Many people don’t think twice about where they buy their flowers. That is why the Better Business Bureau would like to remind consumers, before they start smelling the roses, to make sure they know whose roses they smell!
Each year, the BBB receives numerous reports from consumers that show a pattern of complaints alleging non-delivery or late delivery of flowers and extra charges on credit cards.
Make sure you know the florist you’re dealing with before handing over credit card information.
Here are some smart shopping tips for this Valentine’s Day:
Call and speak to the company - see how they treat you and find out their physical address.
Stay local. Avoid delivery complications – order flowers from a store in your city or in the city where the recipient resides.
Variety is the spice of life. Roses are traditional, but can be pricey. Flowers that have bright garden-like colours in combination with roses are also popular.
Presentation is the key. Think about hand-delivering the flowers for that personal touch.
Be cautious when opening e-cards on Valentine's Day.
Holidays are a popular time to send e-cards to loved ones. However, spam emails have been reported to have a malicious computer Storm malware attached to them.
A rash of malware-infected emails with the subject line, "You make my world Beautiful" have been sent to inboxes around the world.
The email’s direct recipients were instructed to click on a link to receive their e-cards. Once users clicked on the link, a virus was automatically downloaded and invaded their computers, which exposed email contact lists to potential identity theft and financial loss.
Be sure you only open emails, attachments and links from people you know, and use your anti-virus software to enhance your email filters to block the threat.
This Valentine’s Day, be careful about opening the next secret e-admirer email, and do some homework about the florist you choose. In the end, you’ll have a better chance of keeping your Valentine’s Day rosy!
FEBRUARY 2010 SENIOR LIVING MAGAZINE VANCOUVER ISLAND
FEBRUARY 2010 SENIOR LIVING MAGAZINE VANCOUVER AND LOWER MAINLAND
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