Officials tell fans how to spot fake Super Bowl tickets

Law enforcement officials in Houston have already seized about $500,000 in counterfeit Super Bowl merchandise

New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) looks back as he runs to the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

HOUSTON (AP) — NFL and law enforcement officials say fans can tell if they are buying real Super Bowl tickets, for Sunday’s big game in Houston, by checking for the heat-sensitive logos.

Officials announced Thursday in Houston that a yearlong effort called Operation Team Player had netted more than 260,000 counterfeit sports items worth about $20 million. They urged fans to beware of fake items leading to Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons.

On the front of each real ticket is a full polymer graphic that’s raised. The back features a true color security label with Houston’s skyline and the Super Bowl logo.

Law enforcement officials in Houston have already seized about $500,000 in counterfeit Super Bowl merchandise.

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