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Kansas Attorney General sounds warning about fake Super Bowl tickets, merchandise

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Posted at 4:25 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 17:48:25-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With the Chiefs set to play in a second straight Super Bowl, officials in Kansas issued a warning Tuesday that fans should be on the lookout for counterfeit tickets and merchandise.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a release that fans should be wary of deals that seem too good to be true, especially for tickets to the big game.

“We’re all proud of the Chiefs’ repeat trip to the Super Bowl and the opportunity to run it back,” Schmidt said in a statement. “But Kansans should keep up their guard against scammers looking to make a quick buck off the team’s success by selling fake merchandise or non-existent tickets falsely promising fans entry to the limited-capacity game.”

Last year, Schmidt said that officials in the Kansas City area reported phone scams that used numbers with a 913 or 816 area code to offer discounted tickets sold online.

People should not answer the phone for unrecognized numbers, nor should they give their personal information or make a payment over the phone or an unverified website, Schmidt said.

Tickets for Super Bowl LV can be purchased through NFL-approved retailers, including the NFL ticket exchange, StubHub and SeatGeek. Capacity will be limited to 22,000 spectators, with 7,500 of those seats going to frontline health care workers. Tickets cost thousands of dollars, at minimum.

Schmidt also encouraged fans purchasing Super Bowl gear to check the tags for the official NFL hologram shield. Without the shield, the merchandise could be counterfeit.

Those who purchase Super Bowl gear at “pop-up stands” or tents have three days after the purchase to cancel the transaction under Kansas law, Schmidt said.

An investigation into out-of-state sellers who sold counterfeit Chiefs merchandise at pop-up stands last year resulted in one Tennessee man being banned from doing business in Kansas, Schmidt said.