So, I was on here bragging about great seats that I got for a good price the other day.
Found out yesterday I was scammed.
Long story short, it was a phishing scam started on CraigsList. They claimed to be a travel agency in Canada with tickets to the Saturday games that were part of a larger travel package, but the couple who bought the package could not do the trip, and they were looking to get rid of the tickets and were taking offers. I jumped on it and offered money, and they responded. They had me set up accounts with Flash Seats and a shipping company called Parcels Please. I asked twice about PayPal, but they said they did not trust PayPal, as they had bad experience before and they knew someone that worked for a company (Parcels Please) that can do the same thing, and we could use that. I was to send money via Western Union to Parcels Please and they would hold on to the cash until I received the tickets through Flash Seats. Once I received the tickets through Flash Seats, I was supposed to log into Parcels Please and okay the money transfer to the seller.
Well, I found out yesterday that they had actually CLONED the Parcels Please website and had my "login" information for the site. So I sent money to the site, and they took it, leaving no traces.
Parcels Please got wind of this yesterday and posted a note saying their site was being used by a scam based out of Canada dealing with sports tickets. They said they are not liable since their site was cloned, and no money was every actually delivered to their site.
My bank says its my fault since its a debit transaction. Western Union gave me the heave-ho. The police basically scoffed at filing a police report.
My only hope is that my friend who investigates wire fraud can come up with something based on the information I was able to provide him. But I am pretty sure I will never see that 500 bucks again, and these assholes will get off scott free.
Can't tell if I am more mad about losing the money, more sad about not being able to go see the games live, or more embarrassed that I did not connect the dots and Final Four Fever overcame me and was duped.
That's my "cool/shitty story, bro" for the day.
Go Blue....and beware.