Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Police have arrested Ravens fan who scammed $5,900 worth of Super Bowl tickets from 49ers fan

Sharon Osgood, a die-hard San Francisco 49ers fan, wanted to see her team play in the Super Bowl so bad that she agreed to send $5,900 to a random person on Craigslist for tickets. Unfortunately, the whole deal turned out be a scam, as they never received the tickets they were promised, just any empty box. And to add insult to injury, the perpetrator even had the nerve to send a message that read "GO RAVENS! LOL!".

It turns out this story has a good ending after all.

Police have tracked down and arrested the man who they believe was the mastermind behind the scam. His name is Robert Pham, a 37-year-old who boasts 15 different addresses from around the country, in addition to multiple bank accounts.

The Mercury News details how authorities finally brought Pham to justice.

Nelson said the sheriff’s property crimes unit tracked the original email used on the Craigslist ad. Then, the FedEx tracking number on the package sent to Osgood led them to a facility in Miami.

“They have a video of the guy coming in,” Nelson said.

Then they tracked down the credit union account that Osgood had sent the money to and found out it was dry, meaning the suspect had likely withdrawn the cash by then, he said. The money has still not been recovered.

The credit union account had an address in Las Vegas, which investigators used to get a social security number, which led to a date of birth and real Florida driver’s license. After investigators froze the accounts, Pham called police.

“He says he sent the tickets, and that somebody must have taken the tickets in the mail,” Nelson said. “However, evidence that we have does not support that.”

After local police spent weeks of gathering evidence and coordinating with Florida authorities, detectives in Coral Springs booked Pham in to jail on Tuesday.

Pham is currently sitting in jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Let this be a lesson, folks, Never be naive enough to buy Super Bowl tickets from a stranger online.

Via The Big Lead

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