Mass. friends scammed on Craigslist for Super Bowl tickets

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February 2, 2012, 9:51 pm

(NECN: Josh Brogadir) –These friends know they made an awful decision, but at the time it seemed reasonable.

Upper level tickets - not quite double face value on Craigslist.

Now they hope their frustrating story will save other people from having it happen to them.

"Once in a lifetime experience for us to take this road trip this weekend, and now we're not going to go. I was blown away," said Matt, a diehard Patriots fan.

They say things that seem too good to be true, often are.

Matt and David, two buddies, huge Pats fans living in Boston are living that nightmare now.

They shelled out $1400 each for this pair of Super Bowl tickets, face value $800 each.

Matt saw them on Craigslist.

"The big selling point was that his father was a Patriot season ticket holder, and he had won the lottery for the Super Bowl. So they had four tickets, and him and his Dad were going to go out. And they were leaving Wednesday to go to Indianapolis. And they were going to sell the other two just to cut into their cost and let two lucky fans go," Matt said.

These two now unlucky fans drove all the way to Stamford, CT - met a guy outside the Stamford Town Center.

During a three hour drive back, David had a serious case of buyer's remorse.

"I wasn't totally excited. I had some feeling in my stomach that something just wasn't right," David said.

Turns out even though the bar codes are registered with the NFL, the logos are raised, and the writing appears legit, the tickets are fake.

A ticket broker confirmed, they had been scammed.

And they held it up to this ticket, and they showed me that this ticket was a little bit longer and a little bit wider than an actual ticket.

The smooth talking scammer's post is still up on Craigslist, perhaps fishing for more victims.

But what hurts most for Matt and David?

"Just the money, you know, hard earned money that's just gone, you know, there's nothing you can do. You chalk it up to a life lesson and hope to learn from it," David said.

"We're both Massachusetts natives. We've never been to the Super Bowl before. And I just can't believe I'm not going," Matt said.

Matt says he has been seeing others postings with scam warnings on Craigslist, and thinks the guy they bought the tickets from might be part of a scamming ring.

They've contacted the Mass Attorney General's office and are in the process of contacting police, as well.

Tags: New England Patriots, New York Giants, Josh Brogadir, scam, Craigslist, Super Bowl 2012, Super Bowl tickets
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