Hayward, California’s Sharon Osgood is a die hard San Francisco 49ers fan, she’s also a wee bit gullible.
Sharon wanted so badly to join her beloved Niners in New Orleans for Super Bowl 47, that she searched on the popular trading site, Craigslist to find some tickets. A man in Boca Raton Florida was selling a set of four, so Sharon jumped on it. After a brief conversation, Sharon trusted the man enough to wire him 5900 dollars for the tix. (Number one on Craigslist, don’t TRUST ANYONE!!! Cover your assets!!)
A few days later a FedEx package arrived from the man, but all that was inside was a 8 by 10 glossy photo of Joe Flacco with the words “GO RAVENS” written across it in Sharpy pen.
“I’m just sick — like, physically sick,” Osgood told the San Jose Mercury News. “For a week I was on the phone with this guy. That’s the only reason why we trusted him.
There is a silver lining,
Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard heard about the unfortunate story and called Osgood to offer tickets to her and the other members of her family who were scammed. The Niners had already offered a free ticket.
“My heart literally was in my throat; it was fluttering — I was like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe this is happening.’ I can’t put into words how grateful I am,” Osgood said while fighting back tears.
Lesson: Craigslist is a great place to find used furniture, but always be skeptical and don’t wire people money because they sound “trustworthy”.