Beware Craigslist ticket brokers and elixir salesmen
So, yeah, I got scammed on Sugar Bowl tickets this week. Its my own fault. I should have known better. I’d like to think that Im a pretty cautious person when it comes to online transactions. Ive never sent money to Africa in order to claim untold abandoned fortunes, I’ve fought the urge to respond to emails promising 20 pounds of immediate weight loss or 3 inches of penile enhancement, I’ve even refrained from clicking on those links that swear up and down that someone is searching for me and I really need to find out who. Thats self control, people.
But I apparently abandoned all of those basic rules of safe internetting when it came to trying to acquire tickets for the Sugar Bowl. I initially checked StubHub and ticket exchange sites like it, only to discover that prices were double and triple face value even for the most modest and nose bleed inducing of seats. I made a few calls to folks I thought might have an in on some extra tickets, but no luck, so I turned to my last bastion of hope, the wild west of internet transactions where at the very least you could get scammed out of your money, and at the worst, you’ll…well, this….Craigslist.
I searched Fayetteville and Little Rock to find some reasonably priced tickets from somebody who either wasn’t going to be able to make the game, I looked in Baton Rouge and Lafayette to see if there were some LSU fans who had anticipated a Sugar Bowl trip for the Tigers and were now just looking to make a clean break of things, but still not much success. I finally checked New Orleans, found a few promising posts and sent out a few inquiries…but then I ran across this posting (this is from Dec 21, so he’s trying to run the same scam again)…
4 tickets side by side for the Sugar Bowl next month
$100 per ticket
I have the tickets in hand
Would like to sell today or tomorrow
Email if interested
So I sent the guy an email last weekend and then sort of forgot about it as I was headed to Colorado for a week.
Then last Monday I get an email from the guy, his name is Jim Davis, but it probably isnt. He wanted to know if I was still interested. He told me he was a Florida fan and had bought these tickets during the season, but since his Gators weren’t going to be in the game, he just wanted to get rid of him. We exchanged a few more emails, me wanting to verify where the tickets were (yes, I had him send me pictures of the tickets) and how he wanted to conduct the transaction. He even called me a few times, however, my phone never rang and his calls always went to voicemail (should have been my first red flag), where he left me nice enough and no shady at all voicemails letting me know that he would send the tickets via Fed Ex and provide me with a tracking number, once I made payment.
Here’s where I should have shut the whole thing down. He wanted to use Western Union. Nobody but escaped criminals, drug dealers, and little old ladies use Western Union anymore. I thought it pretty odd, but went along with it, because hey, this was a great deal on 4 tickets! I found the Western Union in Breckenridge, Co during a driving snowstorm. Arranged for payment to be made to a Cocoa Beach, Fl Western Union where Jimbo could pick up his money. He even sent me a confirmation email that he had recieved the money and would be mailing the tickets in the morning. Nice guy, right?
I havent heard from him since and I have no tickets to show for my shoddy due diligence.
I’ve been kicking myself all week. I partially blame the vacation and the high altitude. I wasn’t in my right mind…but still I should have known better. I tell you all this so that you may not only ridicule me justly…hell, I deserve it…but also to warn you of this guy’s scam. He’s still out there on Craigslist trying to work this thing, so, at the very least, be aware of it. Here is all of the information the guy sent me:
2020 N Atlantic Ave, Apt 412-S
Cocoa Beach, fl 32931
I’ve done a little investigating, the address is real, so if you read this and live near him, go over there right now and punch him square in his face for me, Ill owe you a beer. If you are also so inclined, thats a legit cell number using Verizon as it’s carrier. If anyone reading works for Verizon and doesn’t mind bending company policy, I’d appreciate you finding out who actually owns this phone (email me at email@example.com). You can also leave him voicemails letting him know where he may stick his phony tickets, I’d appreciate that as well. Third, why dont you email the guy and let him know what a bag of dicks he is…and while you are at it, sign him up for some good ol’ fashioned man on man porn email lists. Im sure he’ll like getting those as well. Do your worst, for my sake, at least.
So yeah, here I am, fully scammed out of a couple hundred bucks and still no tickets. If you’ve got some extras, shoot me an email or hit me up on Twitter…and save me your “Youre such a dumbass”comments…Im well aware of the mental aptitude of my ass at this point.