BBB tries to thwart tempting toy trick this holiday season

BBB tries to thwart tempting toy trick this holiday season Photo: KSTP-TV

December 14, 2018 04:22 PM

The Better Business Bureau is warning holiday shoppers about a scam involving the season's hottest toy.

According to the BBB, the toys to have this year are the L.O.L. Surprise dolls and dollhouse, and "scammers are using the toy's popularity to trick parents out of their money."

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Here's how the scam works, per the BBB: Facing fallow shelves, shoppers head online to find L.O.L. dolls. They come across a site that has the toy in stock, usually offering a "last-minute deal" or "flash sale."

Once the toy is purchased, however, they never arrive. And shoppers will have a tough time reaching the company to complain.


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"When they try to follow up with the company, they find that the website lacks working contact information or has disappeared," the BBB said.

To shield yourself against this unpleasant plot, the BBB offers the following tips:

  • Only buy toys from reputable stores and websites.
  • Don't be fooled by extra-low prices.
  • Research before you buy.

If you think you may have fallen victim to this scam, you can report it by clicking here. Find other holiday shopping scams to avoid here.

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