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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With all the bowl games coming to Glendale, you might be tempted to buy cheap tickets online.
However, some sports fans are finding they've been ripped off by a counterfeit ticket scam.
The Cardinals vs. Seahawks game at the University of Phoenix stadium was supposed to be a game to remember for Cody Hadden and his dad.
"Me and my brother, we were hoping to do something nice and special for my dad and get him tickets for Christmas," Hadden said.
After scouring the internet for tickets and contacting dozens of sellers, Hadden found what he thought was a great deal on Craigslist.
"I was so excited. I mean, this is one of the biggest games of the year, for sure," said Hadden.
Hadden went into the deal skeptical, but after a long series of texts, he decided to meet the seller at the Hard Rock Café in Downtown Phoenix.
Hadden even took a picture of the man holding what appeared to be a receipt for the tickets. Everything seemed legitimate, but Hadden and his dad were turned away when they got to the stadium.
The tickets turned out to be fakes and Hadden was out $350.
"The lady said that the bar codes were invalid and that these were probably forgery. They proceeded to take our tickets and it was kind of unfortunate," said Hadden.
"We were just bummed. We ended up going to Buffalo Wild Wings, and were even more bummed after we lost," said Hadden.
Hadden hopes sharing his story will help keep others from becoming victims.
"As the Super Bowl is coming up, I think this is going to happen a lot more often," said Hadden.
Hadden says if he ever buys tickets again from someone he met online, he'll call Ticketmaster and verify his tickets while they're in hand, before he pays the seller.