Buyer Pay Attention When Buying Canning Supplies Online
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (WBAY) – A pandemic trend has more and more people canning their own fruits and vegetables, and that also means you may have to look a little harder to find supplies.
Betty Kuhn is now sharing her story to help others avoid becoming a victim of a scam.
She was at a dead end looking for canning supplies and found a website called masonofficial.com, which had the American flag, logos and even a warning to beware of scam websites, claiming that ‘ they were selling official products.
“I’ve been canning for years and years and years, and depending on American products, and I’m afraid those aren’t American,” Kuhn said. “You can look and see that there are flaws in the lids, the little part of the gasket is not even all around.”
After comparing them to her branded lids, she reached out to Action 2 News to warn others.
“This is a box I received that had rings and wide-mouthed lids. I just feel like food to fall in love with these, ”Kuhn said.
However, she is not the only one.
Members of the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau (BBB) say they have received numerous complaints about copycat sites.
“It really is a lesson for consumers that scammers will take the extra step and say ‘Hey we are scam warning you know we are official but watch out for all scam websites. “I mean, that’s how they operate, isn’t it bold? It’s quite interesting, then they post their address in China right on this website,” said Lisa Schiller, director of Wisconsin BBB surveys.
So how are these websites closed?
BBB officials say you’ll want to know when the website was created and if there is a registrant.
“Otherwise, go straight to the source of the site. Message the Registrar, let them know you are a consumer (and) you think these items are counterfeit, you think this website is not really what it claims to be and it is is not related to the particular canning company using that aliases, ”Schiller said. “Write to this registrar. You may or may not hear from them. We do the same on our end all the time. Sometimes we hear from them, often you will end up finding this website closed, so we think they are investigating on their end and heed our warning.
Real canning companies have counterfeit warnings and resource warnings on where to buy original products, and say they have ramped up production in time for canning season.
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