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Old 12-16-2010, 04:07 PM   #1
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I am talking about the ever-so shady craiglist transaction. I am trying to purchase tickets for the NCAA title game. This person has them for a face value (which is about half price of the market value). I have had various communications with her, but I just cant get a good read on her by the emails.

She is using a third party to collect the money and ship the tickets. The way the transactions is supposed to work is this: I go to this wesite here and put in my payment information (which has to be a cash transfer) and then they deliver it. The have a statement on the page that says if buyer is not satisfied with merchandise then they must return the item and then will be refunded. This delivery place is one of those places that delivers furniture and other things from online merchandisers. I've used one of these companies before when I bought my bar and everything went real smooth.

Another consideration is that I have the sellers name and address. I looked up the address and it was the Career and Community Learning Center at the University of Minnesota. Very random...I wonder if I should call the building and see she works there or something.

What do you guys think? Scam?

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Old 12-16-2010, 04:11 PM   #2
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Like my dad (and probably your too) always told me..."if it seems too good to be true, it probably is"

That being said, she may be strapped for cash and just trying to unload the tix. Ask her if she'd accept a paypay transaction. At least if it goes sour, you have some recourse.

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Old 12-16-2010, 04:14 PM   #3
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I wouldn't trust it if I was you. It just sounds waaaay too shady. You could very well get the tickets though, but chances are they would be counterfit and you wouldn't be able to get in.

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I smell shady

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I smell it too. It would suck to spend all the money to get down there and then find out the tickets were fake. Although I have a friend who has the real deal, so Im sure I would know right away if they were real or not.

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I smell it too. It would suck to spend all the money to get down there and then find out the tickets were fake. Although I have a friend who has the real deal, so Im sure I would know right away if they were real or not.
No you wouldn't. I have seen counterfit Ravens tickets and they are impossible to tell. Tickets now have a barcode on them that gets scanned when you enter the stadium. If they are fake they will look indentical (at least a good fake will) but won't hold up to the scanner.
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Casting my vote for scam.

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Rule of thumb: never buy anything on craigslist that you need to have been shipped to you, especially if you wire the money to some third party website. Nobody in their right mind would go through all those hoops if it were not to scam people: they would just put the tickets in the paper or on eBay.

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+1 for scam. Smells shady.

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I say "Buy the Tickets".
I don't want the story to end here... I want to hear the rest.
You know, about how you paid and got fake tickets, showed up at the gate and...

DON'T DO IT. But if you do... let us know how it works out

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