Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office investigating business owner who reportedly scammed women via online boutique
BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KSLA) - The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday, June 29 that investigators are looking into a woman accused of scamming dozens of other women out of thousands of dollars through her online boutique.
Bailey Baker, 24, of Grand Cane, is being investigated after dozens of women claim they made orders through her online boutique that were not filled. Multiple women in the area reached out to KSLA via Facebook messenger about their orders with Boujee Babes Boutique, llc., claiming they made purchases that were never delivered. Many women also said they requested refunds that were never issued.
The boutique sells luxury items such as shoes, sweatshirts, swimsuits, and purses.
Baker contacted KSLA and denied the claims, stating via text message and through phone calls that she was issuing refunds, however, Baker declined to speak with KSLA for a formal interview. She did send KSLA more than 40 screenshots via text message showing screenshots of alleged funds returned to customers whose orders were not filled.
In a Facebook post, Baker stated she would be refunding those who had not received their goods from the boutique. As of Thursday, July 7, multiple women claim they are still waiting though.
There are multiple Facebook pages with the name Boujee Babes Boutique. The page being discussed in this story is the one which was formerly owned by Baker.
As of Thursday afternoon, the Bailey Baker Refunds Owed Facebook group, consisting of those waiting for refunds, those who have received refunds, and those watching for updates, has more than 3,300 members.
Bossier officials confirm they are investigating the complaints against Baker. Her business is listed in “good standing” on the Louisiana Secretary of State’s website. Baker, whose married name was Hogan, is listed as the sole owner of the boutique.
Shelbi Miller is one of the members of the Bailey Baker Refunds Owed group.
“I saw people from like Alabama and Texas and North Carolina, and all kinds of places. I was like, dang, that’s crazy! And it’s ridiculous that she can’t respond to anybody, because she knows what she did,” Miller said.
Miller says she gave up on getting her items delivered after waiting nearly six months. She says she never received the shoes she ordered from Baker.
“I bought a purse and it was $95,” said another shopper, Emmie Payton. “She never messaged me back, never, you know, never reached out to say, ‘Hey, like sorry it took longer than expected.’ I mean, and I wasn’t mean at all.”
Payton says she was finally able to receive a refund through PayPal. Miller was also able to receive a refund, however, many other women tell KSLA they have not. Multiple women in the Facebook group say they’ve filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission.
“Bless her heart. I’m hoping that she’s just some girl that got in like way over her head and she wasn’t really intending on scamming people. However, if her intent was to scam people, then I think she needs to pay back what she owes,” Payton said.
Other agencies say they’re looking into the case as well.
“We actually found out that she lived in Benton, so we contacted Bossier Parish and they are looking into it as well, but we do have victims in Shreveport,” said Detective Natalie Hudgens with the Shreveport Police Department.
Sgt. Jared Woods with SPD says Baker could be facing charges in multiple cities. He’s also warning people against potential scams like this.
“If you’re unsure about something because it’s too good to be true, and it usually is, you can contact your local police department in whatever city you’re in and if nothing else, talk to the financial crimes department and ask them do they have any complaints against this person or this person I’m fixing to give money to?” Sgt. Woods said.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has some safety tips on its website for online shoppers:
- Know who you are buying from
- Shop with a credit card, providing additional protections
- Keep documentation of your order and communication
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