Denver police says they'll be looking for ticket scalpers at this Sunday's playoff game

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DENVER - Denver police said Friday that ten people were arrested for scalping tickets to last Sunday's Broncos vs. Chargers game. Police said they recovered 39 tickets and $7,834 in cash.

Police said the scalpers advertised the tickets on Craigslist and met undercover officers in person. Among those arrested was Jeffrey Perreault, 40, the "main distributer of sports tickets" for Denver street ticket sellers, according to DPD.

"We'll have an additional number of officers out in an undercover capacity for [this Sunday's] game because it's such a big game," DPD spokesman John White said.

In Denver, it's illegal to sell a ticket for even one penny more than its face value.

"Any given game we have an average of seven to 10 individuals that are cited for ticket scalping," White said.

A citation could cost you up to $999 or even a year behind bars.

After tickets to the AFC Championship game between the Broncos and Patriots sold out in 13 minutes, sites like Craigslist have been teaming with people selling tickets. Police say in addition to the legal issues with scalping in Denver, counterfeit tickets are another problem.

"Some of these counterfeit tickets that we see are very, very good forgeries," White said.

Police said to help avoid getting ripped off, meet the seller in a public place, take a picture of that person and their license plate.

Even with those snapshots you still run a risk. 9Wants to Know caught a counterfeiter that goes by "Mike" on the 16th Street Mall earlier this season, and police still haven't tracked him down.

Those coveted seats at Sports Authority Field have people trying to strike a deal for tickets, too. 9News found a medical clinic offering a vasectomy for tickets, someone trying to trade airfare to Hawaii, and someone else using a new Xbox as a bargaining chip.

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