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NHL warns Blackhawk fans about fake merchandise

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A warning for Blackhawk fans who are stricken with “The Fever,” the National Hockey League is reminding you to beware of fake merchandise.

While the Chicago Blackhawks are heating up the ice, there are phony merchants warming up to take away your hard earned cash.

The NHL shared with FOX 32 News pictures of some bogus items confiscated by police and The U.S. Department of Homeland Security during last year’s Stanley Cup Series in Chicago. The phony goods are poorly made, have misspelled words and ripped tags.

NHL Enterprises Attorney Tom Prochnow said there is a reason you buy from legitimate businesses.

“If you have a problem with the merchandise, you take it back and get a refund, but not the case with counterfeits,” Prochnow said.

Prochnow also said mom and pop businesses are hurt by the fake items because they lose millions of dollars in revenue sales. At the shop in front of the United Center, there were plenty of people who only want the real deal.

“I’ve heard of people who have done that and they pay for it. So, why would I do that?” said Hawks fan Issa Mendoza.

Other fans chimed in.

“I've never even done it. Cuz, they don’t look like the right size. I like the team, I wanna spend my money on genuine quality shirt...not an ill-fitting one,” added Katie McCarty.

The Chicago Department of Consumer Affairs and Business Protection’s Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek said they have a team of investigators that responds to complaints. If anyone is caught selling fake merchandise, they can be ticketed and fined between $50 and $2,000.

“Generally speaking, trust your gut. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is,” suggested Lapacek.

So, how do you know if merchandise is real?

The National Hockey League Attorneys said look for merchandise that has a hologram sticker from the NHL, or a hangtag. Also, you should always shop at legitimate stores in person or at nhl.com. If you see ripped tags or someone selling stuff out of the back of a van, obviously, stay away.

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