Authorities warn of fake Super Bowl tickets

With Super Bowl tickets costing thousands of dollars, the last thing you want to end up with is a fake.

So how do you make sure you don't get ripped off?

"While we in Maricopa County welcome everyone to the Super Bowl, if you came to perpetuate crimes, you came to the wrong place," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

It's a bold statement as the valley and the NFL embark on one of the busiest weekends for sport fanatics. Super Bowl weekend, and the topic is counterfeit game tickets.

"Even if it looks real it could have been reported lost or stolen, which means the person holding it will not be granted into the stadium," said NFL Counsel Delores Dibella.

The tickets to Sunday's game are a hot commodity, with one selling for an average of $3,200. Ticket sales are up 49% according to the NFL when compared to the same time last year, that means the crooks are out to get you. So how can you spot a real ticket?

"You will see on the front part of the Super Bowl ticket artwork, the date 02 01 15 is custom and laser cut through the card stock so it is visible from the front through the back," said Dibella.

Thermocromatic ink is also incorporated into the bottom of the ticket back. The XLIX Roman numerals will disappear from view when when hear sources are applied and will reappear when the heat source is removed.

The NFL and County Attorney advise you to buy from a reliable source or website. Some of the ones operated by crooks look real but aren't.
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