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Update: Local Couple Scores Free Tickets to Super Bowl After Falling Victim to Scam

A local couple duped for $5,900 will receive free tickets after Ticketmaster caught wind of the story Tuesday.

Updated 5:05 p.m.

A Hayward couple that shelled out $5,900 for Super Bowl tickets in an online scam will be going to the big game after all, according to media reports.

Hayward resident Sharon Osgood, a 49er faithful, responded to a Craigslist ad and wired the money to a Baltimore Ravens fan in exchange for what were purported to be four tickets to Sunday’s Super Bowl. Instead, she received a promo flyer for the match with a note that read, “Go Ravens! LOL!,” the Mercury News reports.

Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard caught wind of the cruel scam after the story went viral Tuesday and contacted Osgood with a generous offer: four tickets for Osgood, her boyfriend and other relatives — plus breakfast with NFL legend Troy Aikman — according to the Mercury News.

Osgood was also contacted by the San Francisco 49ers’ office, who offered her tickets as well. Altogether, the unfortunate-turned-lucky couple netted five tickets, though they’re still out of the $5,900 they lost in the scam. However, Osgood has filed a police report in hopes to recoup the loss and catch the scammer, the newspaper reports.

The scammer told Osgood that he was a tax attorney in Florida and couldn’t make the game due to his wife’s pregnancy. Osgood and her boyfriend exchanged emails, text messages and phone conversations with the man for a week before agreeing to wire the money, according to the newspaper.

Osgood told the Mercury News that her and her crew of 49er faithfuls planned on leaving Tuesday night in their RV for the Super Bowl, which is being held in New Orleans on Sunday.

"I can't believe this is happening. I can't put into words how grateful I am," Osgood, who withheld her name in initial reports, told the newspaper.

Read the full story here.

How much would you pay to see the game live in New Orleans?

Tina January 30, 2013 at 09:03 PM
What a sad state of affairs when every comment attacks the victim for being "stupid","too vulnerable" and "able to afford such a luxury. " Why do we accept the behavior of the scammer? This attitude spills over to day to day crime as well. Getting mugged is the victims fault for not being more aware of their surroundings, or for wearing jewelry that criminals like, or talking on cell phones. Its not the criminals fault..... we tempted them and made it too easy. Then when someone fights back they either get killed or sued! What Jason this world come to? I hope the Osgood group enjoys the game. All they did was trust the wrong people.
Tim January 30, 2013 at 09:23 PM
So in your mind Tina, there's no difference between VOLUNTARILY wiring money to someone versus someone getting mugged walking down the street, property taken against their will? Sorry, Ms. Osgood acted stupidly in voluntarily wiring money to a stranger against warnings from Craigslist explicitly saying NOT to do so. I hope the criminal is caught and prosecuted but I do not feel sorry for people who lack basic common sense and basic reading skills.
Nick January 31, 2013 at 12:10 AM
Authorities have warned people, craigslist has a warning in red....RED, it probalby isn't the first time a craigslist buyer has been scammed. The police have warned people pay attention, if you must talk on the phone, find a safe spot and always look up. "Do not wire funds." In red, she goes ahead and wires funds? Come on. For that amount of cash, wouldn't you heed warnings? Geez, muggings, theft? Police have warned, talk on your phones in a safe area, look up when you talk, pay attention. Since you brought up crime, what about cell phones, there's a new law in place, do not talk on a cell phone while you are driving, what do people do, continue to talk on their phone while driving. You don't heed the warnings from authorities, you will have consequences, running over a cyclist, accidents. There are warnings to HELP you, prevent you from losses.
x January 31, 2013 at 12:26 AM
I posted a screen capture of a similar craigslist ad for tickets. It clearly shows a warning in RED against wiring (sending) money. So Tina, would you feed the bears when there's a sign that says "Do Not Feed The Bears"? Or, how about where a revealing outfit in a crowd of perverts when you don't want the attention? Where I do totally agree with the problem didn't start with the buyer. It was definitely the seller (criminal) who is at fault here, but when it's clearly posted to not do something because of scammers ... and you do it anyway ... it's your fault.
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