Panthers gear selling fast, but NC officials say, Be careful!

N.C. officials say to be careful to buy Panthers merchandise from reputable dealers. (WNCN)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Plenty of people are buying Carolina Panthers gear across North Carolina as Sunday’s Super Bowl approaches.

At Pro Sports in Brier Creek, jerseys and T-shirts were flying off the shelves in anticipation of Sunday’s game between the Panthers and the Denver Broncos.

Recognized places like Pro Sports are where state leaders want you to shop, to make sure what you’re buying is reputable.

One Panthers fan, Betty Crews, bought Panthers gear for every member of her family.

Sonny Handa, owner of Pro Sports, said sales are “just phenomenal.”

“It’s just absolutely crazy,” he said. “Everybody is looking for panthers stuff.”

But state officials are saying that you have to be careful where you shop to avoid scams and counterfeit items.

“My job is to tell the public, ‘Please don’t buy from these folks, because frequently it’s organized crime that gets it here.  It’s organized crime that sells it.  They enlist street people to help sell,’” said Elaine Marshall, the North Carolina Secretary of State.

While counterfeit merchandise may be cheaper, state leaders say there are sometimes even ties to terrorism.

Attorney General Roy Cooper said Tuesday that people need to make sure they do their homework before buying Super Bowl tickets or travel packages.

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