Dawn Bliler has never been more excited. Her and her husband took off work because they were planning on taking their 3 year old son to Disneyland for the first time.
They bought their tickets at a great discount and they made hotel reservations for 2 days and nights at Disneyland.
She is one of at least 12 victims who got their tickets on Craigslist and came up empty-handed after the Disneyland tickets they bought turned out to be fake or already used. Police say a ring of scam artists have targeted people all over the state by selling these fake tickets.
Sadly most people don’t know they have been scammed until they attempt to use their tickets at the front gate.
The tickets are color copies of real tickets that were purchased months ago though the AAA.
Bliler wasn’t naive. She had purchased from Craigslist before and was very aware of the risks. She said she took precautions to protect herself against fraud.
She met who she now knows as the suspect in person to make the exchange. The woman, reportedly named Jazlyn, provided Bliler with printed copies of three two-day park hopper tickets, electronic copies of the same tickets in an email, a receipt showing that the tickets were purchased at a AAA office and even a receipt of their transaction that included her name and contact information. Bliler paid her $300. The retail price of the tickets is about $600.
Bliler described the woman as warm and friendly . They talked for about 20 minutes. They even texted each other the next day.
Unfortunately their trip got cut down to a one day trip, when they were faced with paying full price at the gate. They were not going to let her ruin their vacation.
“We had a great time,” she said. “We didn’t let her ruin our time together.”
“Craigslist as a whole has given people a lot of good opportunities. Unfortunately, there is a small percentage of people who are making that a bad experience,” Venn said. “There are more scammers out there.”
“I will never ever be doing that again,” she said. “There are too many people out there who are dishonest that steal from good people who work hard for the money they earn.”
Remember if it seems to good to be true then it probably is! Only buy from Disney directly or an authorized ticket agency. Do thorough research!
Wishing you Faith, Trust, and Pixie Dust