|Published:||May 05, 2010 4:53 AM EDT|
|Updated:||May 05, 2010 4:53 AM EDT|
LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. - It's your money and scammers are cashing in. Deputies said the scammers are promising victims flowers for a year.
Deputies are still looking for the men they say have been selling fake coupons for two days - using a flower shops name without their permission.
It's business as usual at Lehigh Acres Florist. The past two days have been different. Customers have approached the flower shop trying to use a coupon to get an arrangement a month, for a year.
"They told me they were out there on the street selling them for 20 dollars a ticket."
The stores owner said those vouchers don't exist.
"There's scam artists out there and it's just not fair. We're trying to do things honestly and make a living and they're taking peoples money."
Deputies said a group of men are selling the phony coupons - telling the unsuspecting people who buy them the money will go to a local church.
"They're out there selling them for 20 dollars and keeping the entire amount for themselves."
One of those victims was a friend of designer Jacqui Holscher.
"My girlfriend just called me. They got her this morning in the Publix shopping center, so she got taken for 20 bucks."
So did many others.
"They're very angry right now because I can't afford to honor all of these cards. Not only do I get nothing out of it, but I wasn't even aware they were going door to door selling them using my name."
Now, Richard is picking up the pieces and defending her business.
"We're all trying to make a living and it's been tough. We've been going day to day the last couple of years and this has a big impact on us."
If you know anything about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS.
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