Fake Super Bowl Goods 5 Million
February 2, 2012 by staff
Fake Super Bowl Goods 5 Million, While the Giants and Patriots gear up for the rematch of a lifetime, Super Bowl XLV, federal agents are preparing for one of the biggest sports-related counterfeit busts ever.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other federal agencies seized a record $3.56 million worth of fake Super Bowl-related memorabilia during “Operation Interception” last year. This year, agents expect another major haul, especially given the extreme popularity of the two teams, according to Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for ICE.
“We’ll see numerous counterfeit jerseys, sweatshirts, hats, cell phone covers,” he said. “If they can make it, we’ll seize it.”
Anything with the Super Bowl logo that features both teams will be particularly popular, he added. Last year, over 15,000 counterfeit NFL jerseys alone were seized in the days ahead of Super Bowl Sunday.
Sports fans should watch out for telltale signs like poor stitching, substandard materials or inferior packaging and, of course, a too-good-to-be-true price.
Official NFL jerseys cost upwards of $80 each, says Feinstein, “if you’re getting it for $30, it’s a counterfeit.”
He also cautions against buying goods sold out of cars, on street corners, at flea markets or discount stores. And when ordering online, look out for websites using inaccurate grammar, misspellings and lacking contact information. Instead, go to the manufacturer’s site and look for authorized retailers like NFL.com, he said.
Fake tickets costs fans thousands
For those hoping to get into the big game, fake Super Bowl tickets are especially big problem, according to Jeff Grass, CEO of buysafe, an online secure transaction provider. “When there are high-dollar tickets for sale and a great deal of demand, that tends to bring out the fraudsters,” he said.
To avoid getting denied at the gate with a fake ticket, consumers should only buy tickets from well-established secondary market sites such as StubHub or Ticketmaster’s TicketExchange (where tickets for Super Bowl XLV are currently available for anywhere from $2,600 to $14,200 apiece). These sites offer consumers protections like a money-back guarantee in the event that things go wrong.
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