SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) — A handful of Bay Area residents are reporting they’ve been scammed by on-line sellers offering discounted tickets to Disneyland. The suspect ads all appeared on Craigslist in the past month.
Connie Aimonetti said she answered a Craigslist ad offering five two-day “Park Hopper” passes for $550. She then met the seller at the Emeryville IKEA parking lot.
“I looked at the tickets, and gave her cash,” Aimonetti said. But when the East Bay grandmother got home, she realized four out of the five tickets had already expired. “I was ticked, I was mad,” Aimonetti told CBS 5 ConsumerWatch.
Corban Brent, also an East Bay resident, answered a similar Craigslist ad offering discounted Disneyland tickets. He says when he met the seller on a San Francisco street corner; the deal fell apart because he asked her too many questions. “She said ‘You know what, these tickets aren’t for you. I don’t want to sell them to you anymore,” Brent recalled.
Sgt. John Herd of the Livermore police department said buying any kind of ticket secondhand from a stranger is risky. He said scammers are adept at copying e-tickets, and there’s often no way to know if a ticket with a bar code is good until it is scanned at the venue.
Herd advises if you are going to buy tickets from someone you don’t know, go through a sites such as eBay or StubHub that offer protections to buyers.
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