Super Bowl crooks active before the big game

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — With Super Bowl LVI just over a week away, federal agents are calling for an all-out blitz on counterfeit items.

Scammers consider everything from NFL merchandise to parking lots to be fair game, and law enforcement is working to catch the scammers ahead of the Feb. 13 game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

“Counterfeit products affect American industry, affect American jobs, and affect American innovation,” said Carlos Martel of US Customs and Border Protection.

At a local warehouse, fake jerseys, hats, sports gear and other merchandise are on display, serving as an example of the differences between the real thing and a fake.

“Criminals deceive and exploit fan enthusiasm by sending consumers low-quality counterfeit products,” Martel said.

With tens of thousands of people expected to fill SoFi, parking will also be a premium in Inglewood.

Many stadium spaces are typically reserved for season ticket holders or VIPs, and with Super Bowl-related event tents taking up much of the parking lot, countless visitors will be forced to seek out offsite spaces. .

The city of Inglewood has set up six remote parking spots with shuttle service, but other people are getting in on the act.

The city allows some places to sell space for indirect traffic, but many landlords who aren’t allowed will sell space on their property through social media or websites like Craigslist.

Sometimes these spaces will be bought by resellers, who will resell them at a significant markup.

Other times, the person posting the parking spot doesn’t own it at all, leaving the buyer in the lurch.

While the risk of being the victim of parking spot fraud can be costly, so is a legitimately purchased spot.

the Super Bowl’s most expensive parking spot is $4,850, though the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee says that for Super Bowl Sunday, the average parking spot within two miles of SoFi Stadium costs $250.

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