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Top 3 Ways How to Avoid Online Prom Dress Scams

by Steph Wolfred December 25, 2015

Top 3 Ways How to Avoid Online Prom Dress Scams

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. 

You've heard of or even visited knock off sites for designer handbags and electronics, but now the risk has significantly increased for online prom shoppers. Sites advertising up to 75 percent off for high end designer prom dresses from designers such as Sherri Hill and Jovani are targeting teens who think they are getting a deal. 

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More than ever, scammers are directly targeting teen prom shoppers who are looking for a "good deal" on their prom dress. These sites have stolen designer images from Jovani, Sherri Hill, Faviana, etc. to use on their website, but manufacture a different dress entirely. Many shoppers who fall victim to the fraud think they getting a designer dress, when in fact, if they even receive the dress, it is a knock-off made with cheaper materials and often results in something like Alexandra Marschall received. 

In April 2015, Alexandra was featured on the Today Show to share her prom-dress-gone-wrong story. She wanted a Sherri Hill dress and found it in store for $400. Online, she found it for 25% off and ordered it right away. Take a look at what she got in the mail...

Avoid Prom Dress Scams by shopping at Authorized Retail Stores

Unfortunately, Alexandra isn't the only teen who experienced this fraudulent situation for prom 2015. We had multiple customers who came to our store the week of prom frantically searching for a dress because their dress either never arrived or was not at all what they ordered. 

So how do you know if a prom site is selling fraudulent dresses? Take a look at these tips: 

  • If you cannot find an actual address for a location, it's probably not a real site.
  • If they are advertising a "designer dress" for much less than you've seen in a retail store, it's likely a fake site. 
  • If you can't find a phone number to talk to a real person, it is probably fraudulent. 
  • If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

So how do you avoid this?

  • Always shop with an authorized retailer. Typically they have a store location and their prices are comparable to other retailers, typically $300 and above. 
  • If you do order online, order from an authorized prom retail store. You should be able to visit a store or call to ask questions and speak with a live person. 
  • We encourage you to visit a retail store to ensure you are buying a dress that you love!

Most designer dresses range between $300-900 for prom and pageants. Many retailers, like RaeLynn's, are now offering layaway to allow customers to pay over time for their perfect prom gown. 

We want to help prevent the heartbreak and frustration that comes from scams such as these. Remember to always buy from an authorized retailers to ensure you will receive the dress of your dreams. 

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Steph Wolfred
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