Some Arizona Cardinals fans reportedly fell victim to fake ticket scams, before Monday night's home opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
Alyssa Kimbrell wanted to treat her dad to the Cardinals - Cowboys game Monday to boost his spirits, after a couple of bad months. She went to an app called OfferUp -- and found someone looking to sell their tickets.
After agreeing on a price, Kimbrell and the "seller" decided to meet up.
"We tried to meet him up before we went to Sedona, and he said he was going to be at church in the morning, which made us even more like, 'OK, this guy is going to be a good guy," said Kimbrell.
After meeting at Tempe Marketplace, but before exchanging the $700 for the three tickets, Kimbrell put the seller through his paces, in an effort to make sure the tickets were legit. Kimbrell said she asked to see the man's ID, and actually snapped a picture with her phone. The man reportedly even showed them the receipt for the tickets.
"He showed us his debit card and the receipt of everything, and the last four matched up with his debit card," said Kimbrell. "It was just very well played. Very well planned out."
Kimbrell said she felt everything was OK, until she arrived at the stadium.
"They kind of pulled us aside, they scanned it a couple more times, and then told us to go talk to the box office where three other people in front of us were also having to deal with scams," said Kimbrell.
"Scammers are very sophisticated," said Paul Watkins, head of the Consumer Division for the Attorney General's Office. "It's very difficult for a consumer to tell whether a ticket is genuine or whether it's false."
Watkins said these scammers make a living by taking advantage of individuals. It's something Kimbrell learned the hard way.
"All you can do is be proactive," said Kimbrell. "I think scammers like that think they're praying on the weak, and for us to back down and not do anything about it would be worse. I took action. I went to Facebook about it. I filed a police report."
Kimbrell said she's tried to call the number that she was using to communicate with the seller of those tickets, and the number has now been disconnected. Meanwhile, the Attorney General's Office said the best way to people to protect themselves is to buy from reputable websites, like Ticketmaster or StubHub, which has a guarantee the tickets are real.