LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- In this Rip-Off Alert is a new warning for high school girls and their parents: With prom coming up, there are scammers targeting teens and ruining their big night.
These scammers sell fake designer dresses, charging hundreds of dollars for gowns that literally fall apart in your hands.
Websites offer a teen girl's dream -- designer prom gowns at deep discounts. The sites sure look real. But designers say it's all a scam.
One victim found the perfect dress. In the store, it cost $400. She found it online for 25 percent off and ordered it on the spot.
But just a week before prom, what she got in the mail was misery in a box -- a cheap knockoff mailed from China. It was the wrong fabric, had sloppy stitching and was way too big.
So how do you protect yourself?
Experts say: Call the company that makes the dress and ask, "I'm on this website, is this an authorized dealer?" They are happy to tell you.
Also, many of the top prom dress designers have posted a list of authorized retailers on their websites, so you can check there as well before you go shopping.