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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pro tip: Don't wire $5,900 to someone on the Internet who promises you Super Bowl tickets

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

From KCBS-TV in San Francisco:

HAYWARD (CBS SF) — An East Bay couple is out nearly $6,000 after falling victim to a scammer offering fake tickets to the Super Bowl.

The Osgood family found four seats for sale on Craigslist through an individual claiming to be a Baltimore Ravens season ticketholder. The cost seemed fair — $5,900, about double the original price.

After talking the deal out through text and email messages, the couple wired the funds cross country. When the package arrived from the seller, all it contained was a printed note that said "Enjoy the game!!!! Go Ravens!!! LOL.”

The San Jose Mercury News had more:

Osgood, a season-ticket holder at Candlestick Park for four years, and her boyfriend have bought seats in the new Santa Clara stadium and were planning to go to the Super Bowl in New Orleans with two other family members in their RV. They still plan on going — even if it means watching the game at a bar on Bourbon Street.

(Possible San Francisco Chronicle headline, Mon. Feb. 4: "LOCAL COUPLE LOSES $500 IN BIG EASY STREET BET OVER ORIGIN OF SHOES.")

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