Better Business Bureau serving the Northwest has received reports of fake business websites advertising inexpensive sports gear, but not following through with the orders.
In one instance a consumer reported to BBB Scam Tracker on Oct. 4, 2016 that they attempted to make a purchase with www.seahawksofficialnflonline.com using PayPal, which was an advertised method of payment at the site. After placing the order, they were asked to pay via Western Union or Money Gram to speed up the order. Fortunately, the buyer became suspicious and reported it to BBB. The company site claims the business is located in White City, Oregon, but BBB investigators determined that to be untrue.
Investigators sent a letter to the company’s mailing address only to have it returned by the U.S. Postal Service as ‘No Receptacle.’ Additionally, a search for the businesses phone number found it is associated with at least 10 other websites offering branded merchandise for professional hockey, football and baseball teams.
Creating an online store is all too easy for scammers. BBB offers the following tips to shop safely online:
Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a scam should contact their local law enforcement and report it to BBB Scam Tracker at bbb.org/scamtracker.
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