In January I sent an $8.50 check to Flora Boutique in New York City for one dozen scented silk roses. They were advertised at $5 a dozen. I was also to receive a free designer vase valued at $5. The roses "look like real roses . . . they have the fragrance of real roses (guaranteed for one full year) and they'll inspire love and romance just as real roses do," said the advertisement.

I did not receive the roses. - G.D., Salt Lake City.Another complaint about Flora Boutique:

On Feb. 1, I sent a check for $13.50 to Flora Boutique for two dozen artificial roses. They were to be a Valentine's present for my wife. The company cashed my check, but I haven't received the roses. And I have misplaced the address. - J.H., West Bountiful.

The bad news is that Flora Boutique is one of many mail-order firms affiliated with a man named Ben Buxton that were deemed a scam. The good news is that the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York has been appointed to issue cash refunds from a refund account that was established by court order.

The BBB was appointed refund administrator by the U.S. attorney and U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Among the products sold by the various companies: lottery-winning systems, 100 designer earrings for $10, gold "flash" chains for $1, navigator-style LCD watches and scented silk roses.

Anyone who feels he has money coming from these firms should file a claim no later than July 30, 1991, by writing to BBB of Metropolitan New York, P.O. Box 767, Madison Square Station, New York, NY 10010, Attn: Buxton Restitution Fund. Include a copy of your cancelled check or other proof of payment.

Buxton did business under many names, including:

Astrology Society of America

Astrological Jewelry Center

Buxton Jewelry Ltd.

Brother Rudy

Charles Hamilton

Church of Miracles

Clavan Labs

Dr. Ziemba

Fatima Soil

Harvard Square Lottery Symposium

Gail Howard/Special Report Office

Holy Land Fellowship

House of Fatima

House of K

House of Miracles

International Marketing Associates

International Reports Publishing (IRPI)

J.R. Systems

June Penn

Lourdes Water Cross

Lucerne Beauty Clinic

Madame Daudet

Marie Carmen Gallo

Marie Simone

Miracle Entitlement Program

Mystic Crystal Center

National Lottery Research Systems

Norvell Astrolgy Research

Nostradamus Publishing

Notification Committee

Nuit D'Amour

The Odds Predictor

$1,000 Distribution Center

Rothchild Depository

Seppo Rankinen

Slim for Life

Stonehenge Astrology

ULS Lottery Search Committee

Win With Palmer

Pools Computer Centre

Cartoon Classics

Flora Boutique Silk Roses