As you should know, Craigslist is rife with scammers and con artists whose only goal is to separate you from your money. And when it's Super Bowl time, those who are desperate for tickets to the big game sometimes fall victim to online traps.
And sometimes it costs them about $6,000.
That's what happened to a Bay Area couple who sent $5,900 to a supposed Ravens season-ticket holder for four tickets. Instead of the passes in return, Sharon Osgood received a piece of paper that featured a picture of Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco with the words, “"Enjoy the game!!!! Go Ravens!!! LOL” typed underneath.
“I'm just sick -- like, physically sick," Osgood told the San Jose Mercury News. "All over the envelope it says 'Go Ravens' -- even on the FedEx label."
But here's the good news: According to the Mercury News, Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard called Osgood to offer her four tickets to the game and arranged a breakfast with former Cowboys star Troy Aikman. The 49ers also called to offer tickets, and overall, she's got five tickets to the game.
"My heart literally was in my throat; it was fluttering -- I was like, 'Oh my God, I can't believe this is happening,' she told the paper. "I can't put into words how grateful I am."
You can perhaps forgive Osgood from getting sucked in by the scam. She communicated for a week (through email, texting and talk) with the supposed seller, so she thought it was OK to wire the person the money.
More from the paper:
The scam artist told the couple he was a corporate tax attorney living in Boca Raton, Fla., and his wife was eight months pregnant, which was why they couldn't go to the game themselves.
“For a week I was on the phone with this guy," Osgood said. "That's the only reason why we" trusted him.
No one answered the phone at the number listed on the all-CAPS, exclamation point-heavy Craiglist ad, which has since been taken down. Right underneath the ad, a Craigslist warning says: "Do NOT wire funds."
As always, the lesson is: Be careful to whom you send money on Craigslist. Especially when it involves the Super Bowl and a supposed fan of the opposing team, because the TicketMaster CEO isn't always going to be there for you.