Counterfeit NHL merchandise on the rise as the Avalanche take on the Lightning

(KKTV) – As the Colorado Avalanche battles the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Stanley Cup, the NHL is reminding fans that scammers are trying to take advantage with counterfeit merchandise.

“Last year, between February 2021 and 2022, the IPR Center seized more than 267,511 counterfeit sports-related items valued at an estimated $97.8 million during Operation Team Player, a year-round effort developed by the IPR Center to combat illegal importation of counterfeit sportswear and entertainment items,” a press release said Tuesday.

The publication provided several tips for sports fans looking to make a purchase:

– Only shop at trusted retail outlets such as: B. in the official team shops instead of buying items from street vendors, flea markets, online auctions or other questionable sources.

– When buying goods online, be aware that despite selling fraudulent products, criminals often use legitimate product photos on their websites. Consumers are advised not to purchase expensive items from third party websites.

– Only buy event tickets and/or collectibles from trusted sources.

-If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. While some counterfeiters can attract fans with a low price tag or a 2-for-1 offer, just as many try to legitimize their wares with a higher price point.

– Watch out for torn tags, poor quality, sloppy stitching and irregular markings on clothing.

– Review bank statements – keep records of purchases and copies of confirmation pages for comparison to bank statements. Report any discrepancies immediately.

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