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Avoid Super Bowl Scams by Shopping Smart

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SALISBURY, Md.- With the big game right around the corner, the Better Business Bureau is sounding the alarm over Super Bowl scams. Officials say getting duped can be avoided if you follow some basic tips.

The shelves of Dick's Sporting Goods in Salisbury are fully stocked with Ravens gear. That is good news for die-hard fan John Kalendek, who knows scammers are out there.

"I think it's wrong, and, you know, if you want to buy the merchandise, you ought to come to a reputable store, and you know you're getting the original," Kalendek said.

Shoppers like Bruce Patterson say temptation can make falling victim easy.

"They see a cheap deal and they take it, then when they get there, they know it's not real, so they know they're out that money," he explained.

From hats to jerseys, Super Bowl swag is all around. But not getting ripped off is a matter of shopping smart.

The Better Business Bureau recommends only buying merchandise from licensed websites and dealers. Also, look for the Bureau's logo linking to the company's review on the BBB website. And when it comes to official sports gear, only trust the team's website, official vendors and authorized retailers.

If all else fails, simple common sense can be the best rule of thumb.

"If somebody's selling you an authentic jersey made by Nike, and you're not paying $250 for it, I think you kind of know it's too good to be true," said Ken Greeson. "So, I think sometimes, people probably push their conscience down, and say yeah, this is a good deal and I really do want this jersey."

For anyone planning on heading to New Orleans for the big game, be sure to only buy tickets from trusted sellers and resellers, and never use unsecured websites.

According to the Better Business Bureau, most Super Bowl tickets are going for more than $2,000.

So root for your home team, and buy smart.

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