](http://www.patriotsproshop.com)There have been a number of recent reports of fans who have been victims of fraudulent websites selling counterfeit Patriots and other NFL merchandise. It is important to know what to look for while shopping online in order to avoid scams.
Many sites use the word "Official" in their logo or text even though they have no affiliation with the team. Access the Patriots ProShop through patriots.com to be sure you are on the actual Official ProShop website. Shop with trusted vendors you know.
Before placing an order on any website, click on the Contact Us, Return Information, or other information pages. Confirm that there is a phone number or mailing address where you can contact the vendor in event of a problem with your purchase.
Be cautious of sites selling merchandise at prices that seem too good to be true. Look carefully at the websites you visit. Misspellings and bad grammar may be a sign of a fraudulent site operating from an international location.
If you find yourself a victim of a scam, contact your bank or credit card company immediately.
The NFL is actively working to shut down websites that sell counterfeit merchandise. Shop carefully.