Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is warning consumers to protect themselves against purchasing counterfeit NFL merchandise or falling victim to phone scams involving fake tickets to Super Bowl LIV. Schmidt says like many others here in Kansas, he is proud of the Chiefs and he is excited to watch them compete for the championship this Sunday. However, if you are also excited about it, make sure to take precautions against scammers looking to make a buck off the team’s success by selling fake merchandise or tickets. Schmidt says first, check the tag: All officially licensed NFL products will bear the league’s shield on the tag. If the tag on the merchandise does not have the shield, it may be counterfeit. Beware of phone scams: Local authorities have reported phone scams regarding game ticket purchases, with scammers using phone numbers that appear local…. offering discounted tickets sold online. Once the scammer receives the online payment for the tickets, they block the consumer’s phone number to prevent a call back when the tickets inevitably do not arrive. Consumers who believe they may have fallen victim to a Super Bowl-related scam should contact their local law enforcement, or call the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division at (800) 432-2310. Complaints may also be filed online at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.