Most people never get the chance to get an autograph in person from their favorite sports star, so instead they go shopping. Fans love to collect sports memorabilia, however many have been disappointed to learn what they purchased was not the real thing. In fact it’s becoming a growing problem. Dan bought his son an A-Rod jersey for $3,500 from an online auction site. Later he discovered the jersey was not authentic. “I was devastated. I bought the jersey for my son to give him as a present. He is a huge A-Rod fan, and I was told it was fake. I felt victimized,” he said. Dan was unable to get his money back, but the owner of the company he bought from was arrested after an investigation. Collecting sports memorabilia can be a profitable and fulfilling hobby. The best way to avoid becoming a victim of this scam is to make sure you are cautious when purchasing memorabilia. Only work with well-known, reputable companies.