Cops are warning of fake Stanley cups being sold by ‘suspicious’ scammers.
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Police are warning of a spike in counterfeit Stanley Cups amid the growing popularity of portable cups — a trophy not to be confused with the coveted NHL trophy.
“Last summer, we found it for as cheap as $19. Sound too good to be true? Well, it is,” the Morton Grove Police Department in Illinois warned in a recent Facebook post.
“Beware of scam websites that exploit a brand’s popularity. Suspicious sites pretending to offer discounts on Stanley cups have been shown to deceive shoppers.
The high dose warning comes shortly after Stanley Tumblr’s special edition pink Valentine’s Day hit the shelves at Target as customers stormed the stores.
For those who have turned to a less reputable online merchant, the police department says those customers are at increased risk of drying up financially.
“If you buy a mug through a suspicious website, your personal information could be compromised and your money gone.”
Malwaretips.com reported on the popular fake “Stanely Factory Outlet Store” that falsely advertised cheap products for $5.99.
Last year, the Better Business Bureau warned that defrauded customers would know they had been scammed because they would not receive confirmation emails and would not be able to contact the company they ordered the mugs from.
Others who have been scammed will receive shipping information and emails stating that their product was sent to Alaska.
Ads running on reputable retail sites can also lead to a scam site, according to one customer’s testimony on the BBB.
They also warn that the holidays often see spikes in hoaxing.
BB Chicago PD recommends keeping an eye out for what appears to be a “difficult” copycat website.
They also advise not to take social media advertising too seriously and read customer reviews along with the company’s social media posts as well as only use authorized retailers.