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(WPRI) — If you are considering seeing the big game in person, be aware that federal and state agencies are warning against Super Bowl related schemes.

Some fake tickets from last year’s Super Bowl looked so real, but authorities say they wouldn’t have scanned at the gates.

James Haynes of the Department of Homeland Security still isn’t sure how some schemers make tickets that look so real. “That’s a piece we still have to investigate, we’ve got to take a look at whether or not there was hacking of a system or some other technological glitch that we have to fix,” he said.

Each year, the NFL sends out warnings to fans about bogus tickets. Thousands of tickets will be listed on classified websites and buyers will have little protection from dishonest sellers.

Consumer Reporter Susan Hogan has some safety tips for fans who might purchase tickets that could be fake.

First, know that offers that sound too good to be true often are. Right now legitimate tickets dealers are selling Super Bowl tickets starting at $2,500, and cheap tickets are more than likely fake.

Offers that require wire transfer funds are a big red flag. When purchasing a ticket online, use a credit card so that your purchase can be tracked. Cash transactions often have no way to be verified.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) celebrates with teammate Timothy Wright after his five-yard touchdown pass during the second half of the NFL football AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015, in...

Finally, pay attention to ticket quality — tickets that are not marked with special finishes and logos are more than likely counterfeit.

AAA Travel Expert Carl Richardson recommends that customers visit NFL.org to see what real tickets look like. “There is a nice piece that shows an official ticket, and what’s included such as holograms and finishes and ink that they use,” he said.

So where should you go to get tickets? The NFL has a ticket exchange, where fans can sell their tickets directly to other fans if they can’t go to the game. The exchange is powered by Ticketmaster and there’s a 100% guarantee that the tickets are legitimate.

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