Beware of ‘cheap’ NFL jersey websites; teen says Facebook ad too good to be true

MESA, AZ – A Valley teen says she’s concerned that the money she spent on a couple of NFL jerseys may be gone forever.

Sia Iongi’s dad had been hinting that he really wanted an Arizona Cardinals jersey for Christmas.

“My dad’s obsessed,” Sia says.

He already got the Cardinals shirts, cap and cup but jerseys are expensive so he’s never had one.

That’s something Sia tried to fix, after seeing an ad on Facebook for $30 jerseys.

“There were like a lot of shares on it,” she says. “It seemed legit, it had NFL on it.”

She bought her dad two jerseys with money she had gotten for Christmas.

An automated confirmation came saying she would receive an email with more information within 48 hours.

“Then a week passed I was like ok, I got nothing,” she says.

She felt like something was wrong. So she let me know.

Sia purchased from nflfootballshop.us .

It says it’s the official online store of the NFL.

It’s not. NFLshop.com is the official NFL site.

The two could be easily confused.

But there are ways to tell this site isn’t the real one.

Aside from the difference in web address the website says they “are from a different country and there may be overseas transaction fees.”

Then there’s the writing.

The frequently asked questions section includes “if anything goes well, we will ship it out within two days” and “due to unforeseen circumstances, the time will be last a little longer.”

Then there’s my favorite, “we will give you 10% discount if you pay it by Western Union. It can save you much money.”

I’m always wary of anybody that asks to be wired money for payment.

Sia is disputing the charge with her bank.

But she recently got an email with a tracking number and a link to what looks like a Chinese shipping company.

She’s hopeful but she’s not holding her breath.

“It was like a waste of $100 and I didn’t get his gifts, so it was like bummer all around,” she says.

We reached out to the company but did not get a response and have not been able to confirm whether or not the business is real.

So, before ordering anything online look over the website.

Odd grammar, really low prices, no way to contact them directly, are signs that you may want to pass.

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