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The Better Business Bureau of North Central Texas is warning consumers of a scam that could be targeting sports fans.
Monica Horton, president of the Wichita Falls office, said its an opportune time for these scammers as Super Bowl LI is nearing. She said the swindlers will take advantage of a chance to swipe credit and debit card information or steal identities.
“. The BBB knows that devoted fans will be flocking to the internet to find branded gear. It follows that counterfeiters and ID thieves will be aware of the demand, too,” she said. “They can easily take advantage of online customers looking for a great deal on their favorite player’s jersey.”
The consumer advocate began receiving phone calls and alerts on BBB Scam Tracker in December 2016 when basketball, football and hockey seasons were underway. Consumers were alleging some websites had fake items for sale .
The BBB’s director of investigations in cooperation with some of the sports leagues looked into 65 websites that appeared to have counterfeit merchandise. Items were from the NFL, NCAA, MLB, NBA and NHL.
The bureau said all licensed retailers such as Dallas Cowboys Pro Shops LLC are BBB Accredited Businesses and have agreed to uphold the standards of the BBB.
Some of the proceeds from the sale of authentic sports apparel and paraphernalia often go to charities, scholarships and youth programs. Make sure that the team names and the URL address don’t have misspellings. Always look for contact information and a physical location on any shopping website. Call the customer service number to make sure that someone answers before you pay. Ask them to tell you more about the company. Also, ask the representative about refunds and exchanges.
Check your blind side. If you believe you’ve been a victim. The FTC will develop a customized recovery plan to help protect you from ID Theft.