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Experts warn fans of counterfeit tickets

(NBC) - Experts warn the expected 100,000 fans to be cautious when dropping big money to see football's biggest game.

"There's no doubt there's going to be counterfeit tickets in and around the North Texas area just because of the value," said Ticketsource.com's Hank Wendorf.

It's the most coveted ticket a football fan can get with reserved seats going for no less than $2,500. And that's why ticket scammers can easily prey upon adoring fans desperate to see Super Bowl XLV.

"You want to be careful that you are really getting genuine tickets and not counterfeit tickets and that you're really going to get tickets when you pay for them," said Jeanette Kopko of the Better Business Bureau.

Wendorf warns that if an opportunity seems too good to be true, it probably is.

The Better Business Bureau suggests buying at a brick and mortar business or an established and known website.

"You want to be careful that you're getting a genuine ticket, not a counterfeit ticket, and you're really going to get tickets when you pay for them, so we suggest you go through an established ticket broker, you can check them out through the BBB or the national association of ticker brokers," Kopko said.

The tickets themselves have several distinct features, including heat sensitive ink on the back, a specially made high gloss varnish, and a raised embossed Super Bowl logo in high quality silver foil.

"There's a water mark on the back of the ticket with the NFL logo. There's a hologram on the back of the ticket with the Super Bowl logo," Wendorf said.

Green Bay and Pittsburgh will battle for the coveted Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 6 in Arlington, TX.

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