Counterfeit Hurricanes merchandise websites can appear legitimate

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – If you’re planning on buying any Carolina Hurricanes merchandise, you might want to double check where it’s coming from.

Another website has surfaced, selling counterfeit Hurricanes jerseys and other merchandise.

Counterfeit goods are illegal in North Carolina.

“If it sounds too good to be true it probably is,” explained Mallory Wojciechowski, president of the Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina.

The site is hockeyhurricanesonline.com.

At first glance the site looks legit.

They’ve even got a BBB seal, but Wojciechowski says it’s fake.

“This time of year there are a lot of new phony websites that are just popping up,” she explained. “If the prices are astonishing, that’s a huge red flag right there.

Licensed, authentic sweaters that normally sell for $250, were listed for $139.

WNCN stopped by the official “The Eye” shop who says their legal team is looking into the site.

“Scammers do an excellent job sometimes of making these sites look legitimate but there are things you can look for. If the contact page doesn’t have a phone number, an email address, a location, those are all red flags,” said Wojciechowski.

WNCN Investigates traced the site back to a domain web host in China. It turns out it’s the same host who runs the fake NFL Shop WNCN Investigates exposed earlier this month.

RELATED: Counterfeit Carolina Panthers gear not always easy to spot

The NHL is filing a lawsuit to have the site removed.

The Carolina Hurricanes issued a statement saying:

“Fans who have used the site should contact their credit card companies immediately to have the fraudulent charges removed. As always, we encourage all fans interested in Hurricanes tickets and merchandise online to do so through our official website, CarolinaHurricanes.com, or to visit The Eye store at PNC Arena to avoid an unfortunate situation such as this.”

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