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Beware Playoff Ticket Scams, Burned Flames Fan Warns

04/22/2015 10:57 EDT | Updated 06/22/2015 05:59 EDT
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 19: A tennis fan scans his ticket as he arrives at Melbourne Park during day one of the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 19, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Police in Calgary are warning the public to be on guard against playoff ticket scams. And one Flames fan who got burned is adding his own alert.

Matt Billon, who lives in Vancouver but is a huge Calgary Flames fan, says he and a friend recently spent $400 on a pair of electronic tickets through Kijiji.

But when they arrived at the Scotiabank Saddledome on game day, they found out the tickets were fake.

"We were right there to be the first to be scanned and, obviously, 'beep', wrong date, of course, why did we even think it was gonna, and that's when I was mad," he said.

"You don't know you're screwed until you get to the gate."

Billon says he contacted Calgary police and they are now investigating.

"You could very well hold an illegitimate ticket and you would believe that it was a legitimate ticket. That's advancements through technology," said acting Sgt. Andrew Critchley.

Billon says he'll take the financial hit, but hopes it all serves as a warning for other Flames fans.

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