Counterfeit NFL jerseys seized from Phoenix stores

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

PHOENIX - Authorities seize more than 160 counterfeit NFL jerseys from two Phoenix sports memorabilia stores.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations discovered the fake merchandise following a tip.

A concerned citizen alerted ICE to the businesses that were investigated.

HSI agents visited the stores to confirm that they were selling counterfeit merchandise and seized a total of 163 jerseys.

“As the NFL playoffs heat up, we’re reminding consumers to give the cold shoulder to deals too good to be true,” said Matt Allen, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Arizona. “Although there is no evidence at this time that the store owners were intentionally defrauding their customers and infringing on NFL trademarks, we’re continuing to monitor them and will seek federal charges if they engage in these practices again.”

HSI agents tells consumers they should follow a few simple tips to help ensure they are buying authentic jerseys. Counterfeit goods have poor stitching around names and numbers, which is often noticeable on the inside of the item, and incorrect spelling on sewn labels. NFL logos should be holographic.

ICE HSI has not arrested anyone behind the counterfeit merchandise.