Man loses nearly $1,000 in football ticket scam

A Medford man who fell victim to a Craigslist scam involving tickets to the BCS Championship Bowl in Arizona on Jan. 10 sent $907.50 through MoneyGram to Florida and has nothing to show for it.

The man, whom police have not named, contacted a woman calling herself "Ricci" through a Craigslist ad on which she was selling two tickets to the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers for $850 plus a transfer fee, said Medford police Detective Scott Clauson.

The man wired the money on Dec. 12 and expected to receive a call and then the tickets by overnight mail. The phone call and tickets never came.

Police say Ducks fans should buy from reputable ticket distributors and if using Craigslist should meet sellers face to face. They also should not send account or personal information to people they don't know, police say.

"It's a pretty big game (and) the scammers are going to play up on it," said Clauson.

Oregon's Department of Justice maintains a consumer hotline at 1-877-877-9392 to collect information about possible scams.

— Mandy Valencia, for the Mail Tribune

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