Posted on January 30, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Thursday, Jan 30 at 7:17 PM
It's not just counterfeit tickets, now $21.6-million in counterfeit NFL goods were seized ahead of the Super Bowl on Thursday.
Fifty people were arrested in a crackdown on counterfeiting ahead of this weekend's Super Bowl, U.S. law enforcement officials said on Thursday.
Knock-off Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks jerseys and sweatshirts were seized mostly at U.S. ports.
John Sandweg, acting director of ICE told reporters the merchandise seizures, which he said were the largest ever recovered in an anti-counterfeiting sweep, were the result of a seven-month investigation.
"We are not letting up, we will continue to work through the next few days to take down the counterfeiters and scam artists," Sandweg said.
People who buy fake NFL merchandise online, often in an effort to find lower prices, run the risk of having their credit card number stolen and used in other transactions, Sandweg warned.
"What we're dealing with here are criminal organizations who are not only going to be committing this particular crime. But when they have the identifying information of the consumer, we have
seen instances where they have taken advantage of that data," Sandweg said.