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The quality counterfeit jerseys also vary, federal officials say. Authentic jerseys can usually be identified by the required NFL hologram logo and the high quality stitching, officials said.

“Sometimes, you can’t even tell they are fakes,” said Abar. “Other time, the jerseys have `Patriots’ misspelled.”

Anastasia Danias, the NFL’s vice president for legal affairs, said fans also need to be wary of buying counterfeit Super Bowl tickets from “any suspicious sources.”

“We learn of hundreds of fans every year who travel to the host city with the hope of watching their team play in the Super Bowl game only to be turned away at the gate, having bought counterfeit tickets or tickets that were reported lost or stolen,” she said.

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Associated Press writer Russell Contreras in Albuquerque, N.M., contributed to this report.