Beloit woman duped by fake eclipse glasses

Published: Aug. 10, 2017 at 5:41 PM CDT
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With only 11 days away from the "Great American Solar Eclipse," many of you are shopping around for glasses to catch it.

Looking for a good deal, you might find yourself trying them order them online in bulk. But, that might not be the best thing to do.

Valerie Walter found out the hard way.

She bought 500 solar eclipse glasses on Amazon so kids at the local school would have them come August 21.

"Someone said well double check the ISO number and make sure it matches and I did that, and someone else said, 'Hey! It's Amazon, so we are probably good.'."

But they weren't good. Walter purchased the glasses for $200 from a vendor in China.

"I asked him, 'Does it meet ISO?' He says, 'Yes, just place your order and enjoy Eclipse 2017'," recounts Walter.

She got worried and started doing some research...

"Then, when they got here, they did arrive with the correct iso number, but then I started thinking, anyone can put anything on anything they want to and I could tell they weren't American," says Walter.

After several phone calls and lots of frustration, the manufacturer confirmed they were fake.

Walter says the ear piece on the glasses isn't even made correctly.

"If this corner is more rounded here as opposed to a more square corner, then that's fake," says Walter.

She says Amazon refunded her money and she ordered new ones from a reputable company. Now, she wants to make sure others don't fall for it.

"They may be okay, but that's not a risk I'm willing to take with 200 school kids and their eyes," says Walter.

So, what should you look for when it comes to purchasing the proper eyewear for the eclipse?

You're looking for

. That's the standard rating for approved lenses to look at the sun safely. A welding mask with a number 14 shield will also work.