SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — A new report from the Better Business Bureau shows just how many people are falling for counterfeit merchandise online.
The report says about one in four people have bought something online that turned out to be counterfeit.
The BBB says scammers are illegally using copyrighted pictures of brand-name items online to sell fake, low-quality products.
Jessie Schmidt with the BBB says sometimes these fake sites send you nothing at all.
“The FTC’s report shows that the majority of complaints came from the age group 30 to 39 and 20 to 27. Those are the groups that are at the greatest risk of receiving fake goods,” Schmidt said.
Some of the items you need to watch out for online include sports equipment, cosmetics and personal care items, pharmaceuticals, toys and games, handbags and luggage, jewelry and clothing and shoes.
Schmidt says the best way to avoid these scams is to buy directly from the companies that make these products.