Fake jerseys were seized in a massive counterfeiting bust. $3.4 million in fake Super Bowl jerseys were found at two Ohio airports according to a report from Tuesday evening (Feb. 5). This is the time of year where counterfeiters try to make a tidy profit off of fake Super Bowl memorabilia, but it appears U.S. Customs has made a big dent in the profit that criminals might be making this year.
This latest story follows another one that broke on Sunday (Feb. 3). It was revealed then that the NFL and government agencies had seized $13.6 million worth of counterfeit NFL merchandise over the season. That is a very impressive haul and it reportedly included 4,016 counterfeit jerseys and 160,000 Super Bowl-related pieces of memorabilia.
This latest bust claims that it confiscated 22,600 items at a DHL hub at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport as well as an additional 37,900 items at the UPS hub in the Louisville International Airport. That's an extensive numbers of counterfeit products that were kept from deceiving potential customers. It is certainly a frustrating experience for any consumer to be duped with products that look exactly like the real thing.
Having fake jerseys seized like this helps to ensure that the market isn't diluted with substandard products that try to pretend to be as high quality as the originals.
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