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Fake Christian Louboutin Shoes

Cyber shoppers beware! When you see designer duds at deals too good to be true, maybe they are. A lot of fake items out there are costing consumers BIG bucks!

The site called Outletscentre.com advertised real Christian Louboutin shoes. In the store you could pay up to $1,000 for a pair of the red bottomed shoes. So, when the site said it was selling the high-end designer shoes for less than $200 a pair, it's not surprising shoppers jumped on the deal.

"I would love to have a pair for a lower price," says shopper Kasey Cruz.

Problem is, when the shoes arrived they weren't from France, they were clearly from China and looked fake.

"The sole itself is a rubber sole where Christian Louboutin actually uses a red leather sole," says shoe repair store owner Davone Pigott.

We visited a shoe hospital that gets between 50 and 60 pairs of the real Christian Louboutin's every week, so they know the difference. Our expert says the red sole on the fake does not have the shiny thick coating like the real Louboutin's that keep the red from rubbing off. Also, the world "Paris" on the shoes is larger than it is on the real pair.

"And you see the thick stitches and it's thick, unedged and untrimmed," says Pigott, "Seems like someone took some scissors and really just cut it with a knife or something."

So what appeared to be a good deal online actually wasn't. The Better Business Bureau checked the site outletscentre.com and there were some real red flags. First and foremost, there were misspellings and grammatical errors. Another sign of a shady site -- vague contact information.

"There is no physical address listed there, it's just an email," says Monica Russo, from the BBB.

The BBB says the best way to determine if a website is legitimate is to check the domain name. You can do that by logging onto a sight called who.is. We ran a check on "Outletscentre.com."

"It's actually registered to a registrant in China and that's a big problem because we know that China is the king of counterfeit luxury goods," says Russo.

If you did order something from a suspicious company, you probably won't get your money back. But you can always dispute the charge with your credit card company, since you may have been misled by false advertising.

"But in all of these cases the companies are hard to track, they are in another country, they don't have a store front and they are hard to find," says Russo.

Bottom line, as more shoppers are looking for better deals -- scam artists are looking for you.

If you do buy something you now suspect is a fake, report it to the Federal Trade Commission. The website is http://www.ftc.gov.

To check out websites visit http://who.is.

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