Want to show support for your favorite team by purchasing their gear? Your Better Business Bureau is warning fans to beware of lookalike or suspicious websites when ordering sports apparel or other merchandise online. BBB recently became aware, through BBB Scam Tracker reports, of various websites claiming to offer heavily discounted Steelers apparel.One of the websites, steelersgearshop.com, advertises as being the "official online store of the Pittsburgh Steelers." The website also displays a BBB Accredited Business Seal; however, BBB does not accredit businesses in China. Website registration records show the domain name as being registered in Hainan, China in July 2015. Another website, officialsteelersnflauthentic.com, was contacted by BBB on November 4, 2016 regarding advertising claims that it is the "#1 trusted source" and "Official Steelers." BBB's email to the company was returned as undeliverable. In addition, BBB confirmed with USPS that the website registrant's address, listed as being in Renton, Washington, does not exist.In BBB Scam Tracker reports for both websites, consumers reported issues with the merchandise received not being as pictured or described and difficulty contacting the companies and obtaining refunds. Both websites tout "easy 365-day returns.""When websites use trusted logos like NFL sports teams and BBB to appear more legitimate, it makes it difficult for consumers to recognize whether they are on a reputable or bogus website," says Warren King, president of Better Business Bureau of Western PA. "To check if a company is truly BBB accredited, you should be redirected to the company's BBB Business Profile on bbb.org after clicking on its Accredited Business Seal. Consumers can also check directly on bbb.org to confirm a company's accreditation and BBB rating."BBB offers the following advice for consumers shopping online for authentic sports apparel and related products:Watch out for too-good-to-be-true pricing. Fake websites advertise cheap prices as a way to attract and encourage consumers to "purchase" their products and provide sensitive information. In many of these cases, either the items do not exist or they are counterfeit and of poorer quality than officially licensed merchandise.Look for contact information. Find out the business name, physical address, phone number and email address. If no contact information or verifiable business information is listed, it's a red flag. Make sure you read the terms and conditions of sale carefully before placing an order.Know the seller. Research the company if you've never made a purchase on the website before. Check out the company on bbb.org and conduct a Google search on the website name and the word "scam." If the website is claiming to be an official site, authorized to sell licensed products, confirm this directly with the team, league or source it is claiming to be authorized by.Check website security. Before making an online purchase, check the URL of the page you're entering contact and financial information. If the URL doesn't start with "https" your information could be exposed to con artists or hackers. A security enabled web page will begin with "https," instead of just "http" and will likely have a lock symbol that displays as green to verify security. Always pay by credit card whenever possible in case you need to challenge the charge later.Keep a clean machine. Install a 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.Contact your BBB for additional helpful tips and advice. To report a scam, or search for specific types of scams targeting your area, visit BBB Scam Tracker.