Submitted Fri, 04/12/2013 - 6:28am by BossFrog

Internet scammers are reportedly swindling high school girls by selling them designer knockoff gowns.  Multiple teens have been tricked into purchasing a cheap fake dress, lured by the promise of a designer label at a deep discount.  One girl ordered a beaded gown that arrived with a bag of beads and a sewing kit.  The dress was also the wrong color and size, constructed of cheap fabric and was literally coming apart at the seams thanks to sloppy stitching. Prom dress designers and the federal government are aware of the problem and are trying to deal with it, but say new sites offering counterfeit dresses pop up constantly.  Many companies are based overseas, making it difficult or impossible for scammed shoppers to get their money back. Experts say that when in doubt, consumers should call the company and check if the site they’re using is an authorized seller.  Another tip: if the deal sounds too good to be true, it usually is.