Magenta Or Purple Dendrobium Orchids
Milton Adler Duke Pins
Purple Decorative Wire
(Approx Leaves) Italian Ruscus
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* Prices shown in US Dollars, do not include delivery charge and may vary during holidays. The color or variety of some flowers, plants and containers may be substituted due to regional or seasonal availability.
Just because this scam is occurring in Michigan doesn't mean they won't target other florists across the country. Many scams start in one state only to migrate into other states. Rodney and his staff did a fantastic job outlining what to be aware of when you receive a hearing impaired call. Notice this is just a new twist on an old scam "Give $$$ to shipper"
We can shut down these scammers if we get the word out. So pass this information on.
A new "Hearing Impaired" scam is hitting florists in Michigan. Operators call from a deaf phone service (ttd relay) wanting 20 dozen roses. Four shops have been contacted via e-mail, telephone, or both with this scam: Swonk's in Battle Creek, Vanessa's in Plymouth, Ribar's in Plymouth and Bea's Flowers & Gifts in Plymouth. Thank you to these shops for keeping us updated.
*Victor from Vanessa's said "We just got the call from (917) 477-3043, called the number, got the ttd relay, but the phone number is for a person, they were in- between. They wanted 20 dozen roses and their shipper would pick them up. It sounded familiar, so I just had employee hang up."
*Lori from Ribar's was also contacted by the ttd relay. They asked for 20 dozen roses, and wanted to put $900 on a credit card. Then they wanted the shop to give $900 in cash, along with the 20 dozen roses, to a driver they would send. When Lori told them 'no' they hung up on her.
*Lynn from Bea's said: "Here is a summary of the phone call I received on Nov. 23 regarding an order for 20 dozen roses. I received a call from the operator stating I had a call from someone who was deaf and she would need to interpret the call. The customer wanted to order 20 dozen mixed roses and was willing to pay $800 for the flowers and then added $950 to that for a delivery charge. They said they would have a truck pick up the flowers and we would then pay them the $950 for the shipping cost. They wanted us to put a total of $1,798.00 on a credit card and out of that we would pay the driver of the truck the $950 and keep the $848 for the roses. I asked for a name and phone number and this is what they gave me: Bella Mark at (917) 477-3043. I declined the order stating I was worried this was a stolen credit card and the customer hung up. I also reported this to the Plymouth Township Police.
*Below is the e-mail sent to Swonk's. Swonk's also has received two scam phone calls in the last three weeks and refused to talk to them.
Dear Sir/Madam, I am Dr. Mrs. Sherry Smith. I will like to order 6 big bouquets for my brother's wedding and I want the price range of $200 per one Approximately 26" W x 41" H and the color should be in bright summer color in orange color it will be in round table so that people will see it. It will be picked up by a private shipper on the 7th of next month so I can have the total cost that now so that I can pay with my Discover credit card. So kindly get back to me with your name and store address so I can give the shipper agent who will be coming for the flowers pick up and I also need your direct phone or you can special order it for me while I prepay with my Discover card. Hope to hear from you soon. Best Regards, Sherry
Florists should be aware that this scam is hitting all areas of the state via telephone and e-mail. Do not fall for this scam! If they contact your shop, let us know by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.