ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- After eleven years of dating the same guy, Alexa Kinsey is ready to take it to the next level -- marriage.
"We finally came together and it is very exciting," said Kinsey.
Kinsey has planned every step of her October 20th wedding and now that it is close, there's a problem.
"Why would you do this to someone getting married?" she asked.
One of the vendors she selected was Bamboo Arbor Rentals. Now the company has disappeared.
"Since a month ago, I've sent numerous mails," said Kinsey, "and I've made numerous phone calls and have not had any reply."
She found the vendor online and paid the company via PayPal upfront to take advantage of a 10 percent discount on the rental of a bamboo arbor.
"It symbolizes your ceremony," said Kinsey.
The website for Bamboo Arbor Rentals is no longer operating, calls are going to voice mail, its addresses do not exist.
"I can't find a corporation or fictitious name," said Tom Stephens, "I can find a business tax license and the address looks a little strange too."
Stephens, president of the Better Business Bureau, checked his sources and found nothing; not a positive sign.
"The message is always do your homework first -- don't go with the cheapest price," he said.
Kinsey just discovered that there are others who paid the company up front and in the same situation.
"There's a review on www.weddingwire.com that calls this company a scam," said Kinsey.
Kinsey said the wedding will go on, but she's disputing the fees through PayPal and looks forward to a refund.
"I never imagined anyone trying to scam me on my wedding day," said Kinsey.
First For You:
-Check the company's business licenses and history
-Get five references and check those references
-Meet the company in person
-Avoid paying the full amount upfront whenever possible
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