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SCAM ALERT: Fake football merchandise sold online

Dawn Johnson with the Better Business Bureau is back with two big stories affecting consumers in Western Oregon.

Posted: Jan 24, 2019 8:22 AM
Updated: Jan 24, 2019 10:17 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- With the big NFL championship game approaching, there's a big bust that the Better Business Bureau has made involving a company accused of selling fake NFL-branded merchandise.

"We've actually fielded several dozen complaints from consumers who say that they've ordered merchandise from this website, sportsfansgoods.com, and what they actually received was phony imitation gear," said Dawn Johnson with the Better Business Bureau. "So, we actually are blowing the whistle on this company sending out a consumer alert to let consumers know that this potentially could be phony merchandise that they could be receiving. And in some cases the consumers aren't receiving items at all."

According to the BBB, once they started investigating the website, that site disappeared.

"The good news is that this website has been taken down for now. They could pop up under another name so that's something you just always have to be careful of when you're shopping online," Johnson said.

Johnson stopped by KEZI 9 News to also talk about another data breach, one that some people might not have heard of yet, but there have been millions of login credentials affected.

"Mega Cloud services, it's another one of those cloud sites where you can store your online information. There's been a major data breach affecting over 2,000 websites and close to 773 million login credentials," Johnson said. "You need to go in and update your passwords, change those passwords for any online passwords that you may be logging into."

Consumers pay close attention because Johnson said you might not know of the name of this cloud service or even that your passwords are being saved on this cloud service. She said it's those certain websites that would be aware of where your information is being stored.

"Go onto your online sites and reset your passwords just like you would change the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year. You should be doing that on a regular basis because more and more we're hearing about these data breaches and that's just one step you can take," Johnson said.

To learn more about the Better Business Bureau, or to investigate a business you have questions about, click here.

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