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World Series ticket scam proves costly for Indiana father

Posted at 11:52 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 23:52:53-04

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana father learned the hard way to never trust a deal that seems too good to be true, even if that deal involves thousands of dollars for World Series tickets.

Sean Richardson is heading to Washington, D.C. with his best friends and their 14-year-old sons for a school trip. Richardson thought it would be a fun surprise to take the boys to see the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros play Friday in Game 3 of the World Series.

Richardson was surprised to see how expensive tickets were on authorized websites, so he checked Craigslist and found four tickets for $2,400. The seller was supposed to send the tickets through the MLB Ballpark app, which Major League Baseball says is a secure way to get tickets from a third party.

Unfortunately, the Craigslist seller never came through.

"Not only are we out $2,400, our sons are devastated," Richardson said. "Because we had something very special planned for them and now we can't do it."

A sad situation, but an important reminder: It's always a risk to get tickets through websites like Craigslist.

It's best to go through authorized websites or third-party sellers, even if the prices are too steep. As of Thursday night, the cheapest ticket on Stubhub for Game 3 is $1,366.50, including fees ... and that's for standing room only.

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