Updated 10/22/2012 07:59 AM
More than 50 Panthers fans purchase counterfeit tickets
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CHARLOTTE — It was frustrating Sunday for dozens of Panthers fans and not just because of the Panthers' loss.
Fans tell News 14 Carolina that 50 or 60 people are out hundreds of dollars after buying counterfeit tickets to the game.
Dozens of Panthers fans were angry after waiting in line at the ticket counter only to find out their tickets weren't legit.
"I've been buying tickets on the streets for Cavs' games and Indians' games and for the Detroit Lions last year, never had this problem ever! So I'm a little disgusted," said Robin Nowak.
Nowak said she paid $250 for what she thought was a pair of 50 yard line tickets. Turns out, she wasn't alone.
"Here's one fake one and I even bought a second one," said another fan.
Fans said dozens of people were scammed, buying counterfeit tickets from a group they said was spread out across Uptown Charlotte.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police made two arrests after fans led them to a couple of the alleged scalpers. But they said unfortunately, it's a "buyer beware" situation when you take to the streets for a ticket.
"There is a possibility that any ticket you buy out on the street is going to be counterfeit, so the lesson that you can learn is you really don't know if you're buying a good ticket,” said John Diggs.
Michelle Johnson said $420 later, she learned the hard way.
"It was the right paper weight, it looked authentic! I've been to a lot of NFL games, I've never been taken advantage of before," said Michelle Johnson.
While Johnson said the experience won't keep her from future Panthers games, she will be buying her next tickets somewhere else.
Fans said they later realized the counterfeit tickets had odd prices on them and were missing the hologram.