MEMORIAL Day Weekend is here, which means it’s time to get your lawn into top shape.
But the warmer weather also breeds scammers looking to take advantage of people and veterans by using patriotic schemes.
Luckily, the Better Business Bureau is offering tips to keep you safe.
According to the 2021 BBB Risk Report, active-duty military reported losing more money ($300) than military spouses ($170) or veterans ($220).
The BBB also reports that active-duty military was more susceptible to scams by about 42% when compared to the general population.
When it comes to landscaping and gardening specifically, the BBB has a handful of recommendations to prevent scams.
As with any business you use, be sure they’re reputable. Look at reviews and ask around for recommendations.
You could also do a simple Google search of the business’ name and the word “scam” to make sure they’re legitimate.
With purchasing plants and supplies, and also significant purchases, be sure to check the return policies.
Some places have no refund policies while others will offer replacements if a plant dies or something goes wrong with your purchase.
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In general, the BBB recommends being skeptical – and not only with planting and gardening.
Be wary of anyone who knocks on your door offering services of any kind.
This also goes for anyone asking you for money via wire transfer.
Always do your research before making big purchases, and before giving your money to any company.
Abiding by these tips will help keep both active-duty military and other citizens safe.
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