Rebecca Garland
Business and Education Expert

Despite the cautious approach to Valentine’s Day events in 2021, shoppers still managed to spend $21.8 billion. This is even more impressive when you consider how many restaurants and other venues were closed or extremely limited due to COVID in the winter of 2021. As we enter Valentine’s Day 2022, COVID is still present, many are looking for safe yet exciting ways to have fun. 

Unfortunately, scammers know how important Valentine’s Day can be for shoppers. With access to thousands of reviews, PissedConsumer has identified common scam complaints among customers on Valentine’s Day. 

Nobody wants to be the victim of a scam that ruins a holiday. Be warned about this top list of Valentine's Day scams 2022 and stay safe.

Valentine’s Day Scams in 2022

False Advertising

As you search for Valentine’s Day ideas and gifts this year, you can expect great sales and opportunities through online shops. It’s hard to know that a company is using false advertising before you open a package or place an online order, but reading online reviews ahead of time can help you avoid the experiences of others.

Here is how this ATT customer fell victim to a false offer. In this ATT review (#2537593) about Valentine’s Day purchase, he states "I bought a new iPhone at Walmart... It was a Valentines special. I was supposed to make payments for three months for the phone and then get refunded. Just like the upgrade offer they have now. I went to upgrade but still owe $400…"

ATT review free phone scam

Another frustrated customer hopes to help others avoid potential false advertising issues by leaving MoissaniteCo Valentine’s Day review. In her review, she explains that "when I decided to upgrade my wedding ring by creating a custom ring (they brag they can create anything), naturally, I chose them." 

Unfortunately, despite taking her customized order and the customer paying in advance, in full, the company did not create the ring to her specifications – even after multiple attempts. Overall,  the customer, still frustrated and missing a customized Valentine’s Day present says, "...this experience has been a nightmare!"

Failed Delivery

Delivery of gifts and purchases is one of the biggest issues we see at PissedConsumer. Customers order flowers,  candies, and gifts for loved ones, but their Valentine’s Day purchases never arrive, arrive damaged, or are of poor quality. 

Here’s how one consumer paid with cash for a sofa on Valentine’s Day that has never been delivered. In his Garden White Furniture Valentine’s Day review (#2491630), the consumer reports "we checked on couch delivery and they said the order was cancelled 2 days after it was ordered . We never cancelled order . We paid them 1100 .00 in cash . They claim to have no record of payment and refuse a refund ."

Gardner White Furniture review on failed delivery

In another Sharis Berries Valentine’s Day review (#2478873), a customer explained how he ordered from the company only to receive nothing. This consumer was supposed to get a replacement which never arrived either. 

Sharis Berries Valentine's Day review

Fake Events and Tickets

Unfortunately, scammers often trick consumers into fake events and tickets on Valentine's Day. You should always check the venue and the announcement across other sources before making a purchase. If the event description looks suspicious or the website that sells tickets to it doesn’t have proper refund policies upon cancellation, you'd better opt out of this opportunity and look somewhere else.

This is how one consumer bought tickets for a show that wasn’t performed. In the TicketWeb review (#2423110), a poster explains that she “received no E ticket upon purchase, thank god I took a screen shot. 3 days before Valentine's Day I looked up the show to print tickets, no where to be found and the show is no longer up, but the Venue is still doing show…

TicketWeb reviews on cancelled tickets

Scam Email with Gifts

You might get an excellent offer in your inbox about a possible gift. As tempting as it might be, avoid clicking through the email to buy the special offer. If it is a truly special offer, you should be able to access it through the store’s website using the coupon code or pin that is provided in the email.

In this Zynga review (2428654 ), one consumer warns others that they "Got ripped off and still got 2 emails they sent me said if i buy more i get big exclusive vip valentines bonus and nothing."

Zynga Reviews scam emails

Catfishing

Valentine’s Day can be a lonely day for some folks, so they head online looking for love. However, instead of finding love, they find scammers waiting to take their money after a whirlwind romance.

As seen on PissedConsumer.com, many consumers face catfishing on dating websites.  "I been catfished a dozen times already. I have yet to meet one single woman…", reports an author of a POF review (#2856620).

POF review on catfishing

Catfishers prey on loneliness by offering romance and saying all of the right things. Bear in mind that catfishers first make connections and then ask for a bit of cash or a gift card to help with an expected expense or other financial favor.

Pissed Consumer Tips for Safe Valentine’s Day

Beware of false advertising

Don’t buy in a hurry without checking the vendor. Visit the seller’s website and read policies to ensure it is reliable. Online reviews can help you determine who is reliable.

Order early

Supply chain issues and shipping delays continue to be the norm. Many Valentine’s Day reviews in 2021 showcased consumers’ frustrations due to late deliveries. Avoid issues with your own gifts this year by ordering early to be sure everything arrives on time. 

Don’t use click-through emails to buy gifts

Rather than clicking through the email, simply type in the URL of the website. This will keep you from clicking on fake links or going to sites that are designed to look like real stores. These scam sites are designed to look like real stores, but they won’t send you anything, but the scammers will certainly take your money and your personal information.

Watch out for catfishers

Instead of finding love, you might find scammers waiting to take your money after a whirlwind romance. Enjoy the fun of a bit of flirting, but don’t send anyone money if you haven’t met them in person.

Consider an experience

The best Valentine’s Day gift this year might be an experience rather than items. Check reviews in your area for outside fun that is still COVID safe. 

Valentines Day is an opportunity for fun with your loved ones. Don’t let Valentine’s Day scams ruin the romance. Be aware of common Valentine’s Day scams and exercise caution when you aren’t completely sure about your – or your financial – safety. Bring joy to your loved ones and to yourself with a happy Valentine’s Day in 2022.

If you’ve had issues or frustrating experiences shopping for your Valentine's Day gifts? Consider leaving a review to share your story and potentially warn others.

Rebecca Garland
Business and Education Expert

Rebecca Garland, M.S. is a business and education writer. She holds secondary teaching certifications in six areas, has a degree in Business, and earned a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. As an expert, Rebecca has been working with international clients since 2005.

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