Beware of this fake Seahawks online store, BBB warns
SEATTLE — Scammers never give up.
Now, the Better Business Bureau is warning Seahawks fans about what they say is a fake online store.
The BBB says a customer tried to make a purchase using PayPal at seahawksofficialnflonline.com. The company contacted them and said to use Western Union or MoneyGram to speed up the process. The buyer became suspicious and reported the site to the BBB.
Officials looked into the company and found several things that were untrue. The company claimed to be based in White City, Oregon, but mail sent using USPS to their listed address was returned marked “no receptacle.”
A search for the phone number came back linked to ten other websites offering branded merchandise.
Anyone who thinks they may have been a victim should contact police and report it to BBB scam tracker.
Here are some additional tips from the BBB about safely shopping online:
- Know the seller. Some of the best deals are only available online, but be careful. It’s easy for a fake site to mimic a famous retailer’s website, so make sure you are shopping with a legitimate site. Check out retailers at bbb.org before you shop.
- Look for the Seal. The NFL gear store used a fake BBB Seal on its website. To check if a company is truly accredited click on the blue BBB torch icon and you should be redirected to bbb.org to view the company’s business review.
- Check a site’s security settings. If the site is secure, its URL (web address) should start with “https://” and include a lock icon on the purchase or shopping cart page.
- Beware of too-good-to-be-true deals. One of the biggest red flag concerning the NFL store were the inexpensive prices. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true —it might just be.
- 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 smart phone.