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49ers fan duped out of $5,900 for fake Super Bowl tickets … but she gets the last laugh

Feb 1, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT


Is there anything lower than a Ravens fan? Not to 49ers season-ticket holder Sharon Osgood. The Hayward woman and her boyfriend had wired $5,900 to a man in Florida for what they though were four tickets to the Super Bowl. But when they received a FedEx package in the mail, all it contained was a picture of quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco, with this note:

“Enjoy the game!!!! Go Ravens!!! LOL.”

Osgood had been scammed. She had met the man on Craigslist, and had been “talking with him on the phone for a week” about the sale. (Police say they have several good leads in tracking down the scammer).

Meanwhile, Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard read about Osgood’s plight in the San Jose Mercury News, and quickly arranged for four replacement Super Bowl tickets for the family — plus something extra. Osgood and her boyfriend will get to have breakfast in New Orleans with Troy Aikman.

“My heart literally was in my throat; it was fluttering — I was like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe this is happening.’ I can’t put into words how grateful I am,” Osgood, a 49-year-old utility worker, said between tears after getting the news.

“I wish I could tell you that we don’t hear this story a lot, but we do,” Hubbard told a reporter and Osgood on a conference call. “There are a lot of places that fans go to buy tickets that aren’t safe, and they get completely exploited. And it drives us crazy.”

Taking the time to taunt this woman with a cruel note in the return mail was the touch of a true lout. I’ll be watching to see if they catch him.

  1. sportsnut101 - Feb 2, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    I got scammed once for 900 dollars. For jayz eminem tickets a few yrs ago i met him for a cash deal tickets looked so real until i couldnt get into stadium They Neva caught the guy. I was so upset n embarrassed as my friends were going with me.

    Neva trust anyone Usepaypal and make sure u pay by echeck this way if PayPal declines ur claim ur still covered by ur bank

    He deserves to get caught n in jail for least 10 yrs My question is how are they making an exact copy of it

    I would like to see ticketmaster make the tickets out to the person who paid for it n if they resell it then they have to inform ticketmaster so they can transfer the name or names on The ticket To new buyer I know life’s not fair but this should not be happening again n again