Beware of scams targeting popular toys
RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Parents and relatives are probably already looking for this year's "must-have" toys, which frequently sell out fast.
The Better Business Bureau serving Central Virginia has some tips to help them avoid falling victim to a scam.
Amazon says this year's top toys include Galactic Snackin' Grogu Animatronic, game consoles like the Nintendo Switch and Playstation, LEGO sets, and L.O.L. Surprise dolls.
According to a release, scammers will try to use a toys' popularity to trick parents out of their money.
The scam works when someone looking for a specific item seems to find a legitimate online site that has it in stock. Such sites may look professional and have original images of the product.
They could also be offering discounted prices with claims such as "last-minute deal" or "flash sale."
However, the BBB reports many of these offers are fake, and buyers who reported them thought they were ordering the high-quality toy. Instead, they got a cheap counterfeit.
In some cases, products never ship and the website disappears.
When a dissatisfied customer attempts to follow up with the company, they find the staff either didn't respond to their inquiries or refused to provide a refund.
In order to avoid falling victim to such scams, people should only buy toys from reputable stores and websites, directly from the seller.
If something has an unusually low price, it is probably a red flag for a scam.
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