Re: how can I tell if a web site is legitimate?


Hi there,
I want to share an experience here that might shed some light on this situation. I ordered something through Amazon. Of course I am registered with Amazon. I was with a french speaking person. So, we opened the Amazon web site in French. We made the order. I discovered that the order was split to three orders due to where the items are bought and shipped from. The third order was stopped by my credit card company for fraud protection. I got on the phone with my credit card company to ask them to unblock the order. I also called Amazon to ask them to retry the operation. Of course I called Amazon in the US only to discover that they don't have any trace of my orders. I by chance told them that I used Amzon in French. So they said that I have to call Amazon in France and they gave me their number. That resolved the mistery.
I hope that this story might open some other venues to pursue.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Troy Burnham" <troyburnham34@...>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, October 21, 2019 4:23 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] how can I tell if a web site is legitimate?

I did a little more investigating on my own this evening, and after
googling how to determine if a site is legitimate or not I looked and
this site does have a privacy policy, and I did find an e-mail address
associated with the site itself. As I said my mom did most of the
looking this afternoon although I did add the jersey to the cart myself
and sent the payment, but she was the one that gave me the gmail address
from the page she was on.

I called this afternoon too and gave them the order number the
site gave me and I found out that not only is that not an order number
that would use but there had also been no orders placed today
from my account info.

Although I found a different e-mail address on the site the same phone
number that I used this afternoon was listed there, so since I got a
recording informing me that was a realty company when I called today I
plan to call the number again tomorrow hoping to actually talk to
somebody to try to get to the bottom of all of this. In the meantime
though I sent an e-mail to the site using the address I found saying
that I was having second thoughts and wished to cancel my order, and
before that I contacted pay pal and was told that I have to wait 5-7
days before I can file a complaint.

Even if I receive the jersey though, the thought did cross my mind that
it might not be authentic so my plans then would be to send it back and
get my money back, then go to and pay the full price for what I
know is authentic.


On 10/20/2019 9:17 PM, Brian K. Lingard wrote:
Dear Steve, Troy & List:
First, I would write to customer service asking if is an authorized reseller of their goods. Also mention the name of the realty firm the customer service number connected you to and their Google Mail address.

Based on your experience this far, sounds doubtful as to legitimacy.

Not sure of the retail marking on sports jerseys, however, on clothing it is usually 50%. If the store pays $50 for it, full price is $100, goes on sale at end of season for $80, on Black Friday for $70. If the web site is outlaw, you want MLV to use their big-name lawyers to
Close them down immediately.
Brian K. Lingard

From: <> On Behalf of Steve Matzura
Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2019 7:43 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] how can I tell if a web site is legitimate?

There's no easy way to solve this one. And this is exactly how we get roped in--by finding a good deal, or what looks like one. You know what good old P.T. Barnum said about suckers being born every minute. While you may not qualify as one just because of this error, you learned
something: investigate before laying your money down. I'm sure you also know the old adage, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
You may get lucky and get exactly what you ordered, but again, when the merchandise comes, have someone with good sight examine it carefully for obvious defects such as bad stitching, thin material that appears as though it won't stand up to wear and washing, etc. If the Website says it's made in one country but the label says it's made in another, there's another sign you've been had, but by then it may be too late.
Good thing you paid with PayPal. While sometimes they've been known to be slow, they do get your money back in the end.

And of course, there's good old Google, which you can use to find reviews of the site, its products, and practices. Read the reviews on the site as well. If you find too many good ones, that might be a tipoff. Also, when you're buying sports memorabilia such as clothing, you also want to make sure it's from a licensed vendor. You might decide to buy it for investment purposes in the hope that your player or team does something memorable in the future, and then you have something of theirs from the past that could be resold at a handsome profit. But if it turns out that the item for sale was not legitimately licensed--and teams and individuals license their stuff with a single company a lot--then you might just be left holding the proverbial bag. Sports stadia parking lots are filled with vendors hawking these knock-off products and the police officers are always cracking down on them. They're counterfeit merchandise if they say they're licensed and really aren't. Hope you don't wind up getting took.

On 10/20/2019 6:32 PM, Troy Burnham wrote:
Hi all,

I ordered a baseball jersey this afternoon, and my mom was helping me
look and when she found it, I didn't realize until after I made the
order that it's on and not on which is
where I normally order baseball things from. On top of that when I
called the telephone number on the site to ask questions I was
connected with a realty company, and last but not least the jersey was
regular $139.99 but it was on sale for $59.99. Oh, and the contact
e-mail was a Gmail account.

All of this started making me suspicious but unfortunately, I didn't
realize all of this until the order was already made. Fortunately, I
made the purchase with pay pal so I can get my money back if I either
don't receive the product or if it's not what I want when I get it,
but is there a way for me to tell in the future if a site is
legitimate? I usually make purchases through or in this
case the official baseball site, but as I said above my mom found this
jersey and I didn't stop to think about how suspicious it all sounds
until after I made the purchase.


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