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FIFA warns World Cup fans of 'almost perfect' forged tickets

FIFA is warning fans attending the World Cup in Brazil of high-quality forged tickets that look nearly identical to their authentic counterparts. An organization official said roughly 50 people were turned away at yesterday's tournament-opening game between Brazil and Croatia because their tickets were bogus.

At a press conference, Marketing Chief Thierry Weil compared a real ticket and a forged one, noting that the only way to tell them apart was the absence of a microchip that's scanned at the stadium's gates. "Only when fans arrived at the stadium yesterday did they realize they were fakes because the chip in them did not work and they were unable to gain access to the ground," he said. "The forgeries are almost perfect."

He told fans to buy tickets only at authorized retailers, and not third-party sites like Viagogo.com.