BBB Warning: Consumers lose faith in jewelry retailer Fresh Christian

Informal clothes, religious symbol.

MILWAUKEE — Better Business Bureau (BBB) is issuing an alert on Fresh Christian, an online retailer of Christian-themed jewelry located in Mabank, Texas. BBB has received 52 complaints from consumers located in 26 states, including three from Wisconsin.

Consumers have reported not receiving any product or only receiving partial orders. While some consumers have received their items after going through the BBB complaint process, 30 complaints remain unanswered.

“I ordered a number of bracelets and have not received them,” said Diane S. from Sullivan, Wis.  “I have, however, been charged $24 for them.  I purchased some bracelets on April 4, 2019.  The money was immediately taken from my credit card for $24.  I have not received the order of bracelets and I am unable to contact the company as the phone goes right to a busy signal.”

Another consumer, Jill M. from Oak Forest, Ill. stated she received only half of her order which were gifts for her bible study group.

“I will never order from a random website that posts ads on Facebook without researching the company again and I would advise everyone to do the same. I lost out on money and was left to spend more money on additional gifts for my ladies,” she said. “I would have thought, being a Christian-based company, I’d receive better, more reliable, customer service.”

BBB has reached out to the business multiple times since becoming aware of the business in Oct. 2018, but has had no response. Fresh Christian currently has an “F” rating with BBB.

“Don’t judge a company simply by its name,” said Jim Temmer, CEO/president of BBB Serving Wisconsin. “Take a look at the company’s history and reputation too.”

BBB advises consumers to exercise extreme caution when ordering products from online retailers and offers the following tips for online shoppers:

  • Know the advertiser. Check out the retailer’s BBB Business Profile and customer reviews at bbb.org before shopping. Make sure you are shopping with a company who has a good track record.
  • Check a site’s security settings. If the site is secure, its URL (web address) should start with https:// and include a lock icon on the purchase or shopping cart page.
  • Shop savvy. When shopping online, take your time and read the fine print before submitting your order. Look for a return policy; although many online orders can be returned for a full refund, some may have restocking fees. Know before you buy.
  • Protect personal information. Read a site’s privacy policy and understand what personal information is being requested and how it will be used. If a site doesn’t have a privacy policy, you have no way of knowing what they will do with your personal information.
  • Shop with a credit card or use PayPal. In case of a fraudulent transaction, a credit card or PayPal provide additional protections and allows you to dispute any unauthorized charges. Debit cards, prepaid cards or gift cards don’t have the same protections as a credit card.
  • Keep documentation of your order. Save a copy of the confirmation page or email confirmation until you receive the item and are satisfied.
  • Keep a clean computer. Being on unfamiliar sites can lead to malware or viruses being downloaded on to your computer. Make sure you have the most up to date firewall, anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Check for and install the latest updates and run virus scans regularly on your computer, tablet and smartphone.

For more information or further inquiries, contact the Wisconsin BBB at www.bbb.org/wisconsin, 414-847-6000 or 1-800-273-1002. Consumers also can find more information about how to protect themselves from scams by following the Wisconsin BBB on TwitterFacebook and YouTube.

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