A teenage girl from Valley says she fears the money she spent on a few NFL jerseys is gone forever.
Sia Iongi’s dad had hinted that he really wanted an Arizona Cardinals jersey for Christmas.
âMy dad is obsessed,â Sia says.
He already has the Cardinals shirts, cap and cup, but jerseys are expensive, so he’s never had any.
This is something Sia tried to correct, after seeing an ad on Facebook for $ 30 swimsuits.
âThere was like a lot of action on it,â she said. “It sounded legitimate, it had the NFL on it.”
She bought two swimsuits for her father with the money she received for Christmas.
An automated confirmation arrived saying she would receive an email with more information within 48 hours.
âThen a week went by, I was like ok, I got nothing,â she says.
She felt like something was wrong. So she warned me.
Sia bought on nflfootballshop.us.
He says it’s the official online store for the NFL.
It’s not. NFLshop.com is the official website for the NFL.
The two could be easily confused.
But there are ways to tell that this site is not the real one.
Aside from the difference in web address, the website says they “are from a different country and there may be transaction fees overseas.”
Then there is the writing.
The frequently asked questions section includes “if something goes right we will ship it out within two days” and “due to unforeseen circumstances the time will take a little longer”.
Then there is my favorite, “We will give you 10% off if you pay it by Western Union. It can save you a lot of money.”
I am always wary of anyone who asks to be wired for money for payment.
Sia disputes the debit with her bank.
But she recently received an email with a tracking number and a link to what looks like a Chinese shipping company.
She is hopeful, but she doesn’t hold her breath.
âIt was like a waste of $ 100 and I didn’t get his freebies, so it was like a bummer all around,â she says.
We contacted the company but did not get a response and were unable to confirm whether the company is real or not.
So before ordering anything online, check out the website.
Weird grammar, really low prices, no way to contact them directly, are signs you might want to skip.
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