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NFL Tickets: Scammed Out Of $600.00!

This is a follow-up to my post Craigslist + NFL + Ebay = Good Money.

In my original post I outlined how my friend was buying cheap NFL tickets from people on Craigslist and then turning around and selling them on Ebay for a profit. At one point this year he was up over $2000.00 doing well until….

He was scammed out of $600.00!

He met two guys last month via Craigslist who he said where in their 20’s. They were going to sell him their 4 season tickets to last week’s Seahawks – Bears game for $150.00 each. My friend said he didn’t really have a good feeling about these guys but the tickets looked legit and so he gave them the $600.00 cash. They were good seats and he hoped/thought he could get $250.00 for each of them on Ebay as that game was a rematch of last years playoff game and there was big demand.  

My friend rushed home to call his official “Seahawks guy” who worked in ticket sales and to his relief was told that the four tickets were indeed real and valid. Whew! He put the tickets up on Ebay right away and someone from Chicago who was flying out for the game bought them. I’m not sure how much he resold them for as I was never told that part of the story but I know he made a profit of some kind.

So everything was great until last Sunday when, after the game, he was contacted by the guy from Chicago who told him the tickets were no good and his group was denied entrance at the gate! His group had gotten lucky and somehow found 4 other tickets outside the stadium so they did get to see the game but of course they wanted their money back for the bad tickets.

How could they be bad tickets? My friend had verified that they were good! It turns out that season tickets in Seattle (I have no idea if this is the case with other NFL teams) are different than regular tickets. With a regular ticket, the ticket is the same as cash. If you lose it you are out. It’s over for you.

But with a season ticket holder ticket, the ticket office has a list of who each ticket belongs to. If you lose the hard copy of the ticket, season ticket holders can contact them and they will email a replacement ticket which can used to get into the game. So here is what happened: The two scammers contacted the Seahawks ticket office, said they lost the 4 tickets they had sold to my friend for $600.00 and had the replacement tickets emailed to them. I’m sure they then were sure to get in the stadium the minute it opened to beat the real ticket holders from Chicago.

My friend could have left the guy from Chicago hanging with the loss but he is honest and refunded the money. It was a darn good thing the people from Chicago somehow got in the game….can you imagine how upset they would have been if they would have flown all the way here and had been denied at the gate?

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  • 1

    Can your friend contact the Seahawks and report it – get the scammers banned?

    YC on November 26th, 2007
  • 2

    He did report it but there is nothing they can do for a “first offense”. They are marked down on a special list and if they try the same thing again then I think they will lose their season tickets.

    DayJobNuker on November 26th, 2007
  • 3

    That totally sucks – why would there be a first offense leeway – should be banned immediately.

    Hope the buyers did not go too hard on your friend – it would have been a disaster for his rep.

    YC on November 26th, 2007
  • 4

    There is a first offense because it is my friends word against their word. There is no way for the Seahawks to prove what happened. Now if another totally unrelated person reports the same story in an upcoming week then there is more proof. That is what I was told anyway.

    DayJobNuker on November 26th, 2007
  • 5

    You’ve got to be careful of this in the secondary ticket market. I used to run a similar business with baseball tickets except that I would actually buy partial season tickets myself and then split them up to be sold. There are plenty of people who will double sell their e-tickets or withdraw payment from you after they have the tickets they bought from you. The semi-dubious nature of the secondary ticket market often leaves you with little recourse. eBay and paypal almost always side with the buyer in charge back cases.

    John on November 26th, 2007
  • 6

    Hey – please feel free to erase this post if you feel like it is shameless self-promotion, but my entire site is dedicated to buying and selling tickets and I have a great article on how to avoid counterfeit tickets.

    There are 3 tips, and at least 2 odf the three were violated.

    Also, as a season ticket holder at 28 of the 32 teams, I can tell you that amlost every team has added this new functionality. Basically you log into your season ticket account, and click on “forward tickets.” Type in the name and email address of the recipient and off they go.

    As soon as the tickets are fowarded the original tickets are cancelled (the barcodes don’t work.)

    It is very cool technology allowing you to email tickets to friends, business clients, etc up to 2 hours before game time. Most teams also allow you to forward to charity, so if you are a Dolphins fan, you can send some poor kid to a game instead of going and throwing yourself off the upper deck in shame.

    Most teams charge $1.95 per ticket to forward, with some as high as $2.95 per ticket. Seattle is free, b/c this is their first year doing e-tickets.

    Hope this helps!


    PS…Seattle only averages 1 year for its waiting list. You can add up to 6 seats per year. The fee is $100 per seat to be on the list and it is credited to the ticket cost your first year. Seahawks tickets (even in bad years) average 200% of face value, or 100% profy annually. Your friend should just buy direct in my opinion.

    jessica on November 29th, 2007
  • 7

    Is your friend still at it? Sounds like he was doing pretty well until this little incident.

    Blake on December 2nd, 2007
  • 8

    This incident came more toward the middle/end of the year so he had already bought most of the tickets he was going to buy. Also the Seahawks are not as dominant as they were the last couple of years and ticket prices have gone down a little now as there is not that high demand.

    I don’t know whether he will do this again next year but I will write about it again then.

    DayJobNuker on December 2nd, 2007
  • 9

    Ya, better to pay a little extra and be safe, than regret it.

    JustGotScammed on July 20th, 2008