SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Two local women bought expensive tickets for a Michael Jackson show at Power Balance Pavilion online, but it turns out they were fake.

ticektpost Local Women Scammed By Phony Tickets Online

A woman holds up a phony ticket to a Cirque du Soleil show next month at Power Balance Pavilion. (credit: CBS13)

It’s a huge financial hit during the holidays for the two, who were planning to treat their families to a special show right after New Year’s.

“I’m out $400,” said one of women. Both didn’t want their names or faces used on camera.

“We were really excited,” the other woman said. “We wanted to see the Michael Jackson show.”

Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson “The Immortal World Tour” show is a pricey event, so they searched craigslist for a deal.

“We did our homework,” one said. “We thought we did.”

But something didn’t feel right when they met the seller. Turns out, all eight tickets were fake. Now they’re warning others. They say the tickets are printed on flimsy paper, and the suspect used a desperate plea as his sales pitch.

“It was ‘my dad died and I need to get out of town to see my mom’ or something like that.”

But the women didn’t just let it go. with the help of Leonard Padilla, they set up two stings to try to catch the suspect in the act and even made a citizen’s arrest. Investigators are still collecting evidence, however, and have yet to make an official arrest.

According to the Sacramento Valley High Tech Crimes Task Force, there could be more victims locally and in the Bay Area as well. Unfortunately for them, none will be getting their money back. An arena spokesman issued the following statement:

“While not all third party sellers (craigslist, ebay, etc.) engage in fraudulent activity, it only takes one criminal to ruin what should be an enjoyable experience. We sympathize with any customer ensnared by counterfeit cons but can’t assume responsibility for tickets obtained from a third party.”

The arena spokesman said at least 12 people who bought off craigslist are holding fake tickets. He advised to always use the arena box office to make sure the tickets are legitimate.

Comments (10)
  1. Ya think? says:

    Craqigslist: Where the dim get scammed.

  2. Mace says:

    So if they were STUPID enough to purchase TICKETS on craigslist,, do they think we’re DUMB enough to believe they were taken by even dumber people? This is not making any sense to me. On the news, internet and other outlets they WARN people constantly about this. So why do it?

  3. David_sacto says:

    Must be mostly here in Calif. I used craigslist for the last 2 years when I visited in Denver and got pretty awesome seats for nuggets games. Always met very honest people. Guess they’d have to be since I didn’t get scammed. People just gotta learn to trust their instincts. If it doesn’t feel right or sounds even the slightest bit off, then don’t do it.

  4. could be anyone says:

    craigslist and ebay are not the same. Ebay Guarantees an item you purchase on ebay or they will refund your money themselves. Craigslist you are on your own and as we have been hearing you couild wind up dead as well as ripped off.

  5. rmcsticks says:

    hate to brake the news to you but Michael is dead , he wont be at the show either.

  6. jim says:

    This dont make sense if they made a citizens arrest why does it say the suspect has not been arrested

    1. Auth says:

      Craigslist job postings were free in Atlanta for some time. They were iatrtsng to get traction’ as a major jobs advertisement site. Unfortunately, they implemented / required fees a bit too early in my opinion and had not quite gained the audience they needed to really attract the numbers of applicants and jobs to make it what it could have been. If they had waited another 6 months they may have ultimately made way more money and I would have received way more response for my postings. Still not a bad site for some jobs, but I think it could have been so much more.

  7. Larry says:

    Even smart people get scammed. What these women did was commendable and they shouldn’t be ridiculed. Apparently, they are still investigating, and building their case. Even Scott Peterson was arrested for months.

    1. Mike says:

      You mean Scott Peterson ran free until they found him guilty…

  8. Justin Richardson says:

    I’ve been buying concert tickets off of Craigslist for several years and have never heard of anything like this, nor been a victim.. It’s a sick world out there.

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