Two Ohioans lose $1,600 in Sugar Bowl ticket scams

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COLUMBUS, Ohio- The Ohio Attorney General’s Office is warning Ohio State fans after two people were victims of Sugar Bowl ticket scams.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said at least nine Ohioans have lost hundreds of dollars in online ticket scams over the past year. Consumers should be on alert when buying tickets online to see the Buckeyes play Alabama on Jan. 1 because prices less than $200 each are often too good to be trust.

“For every scam that gets reported there are probably 10 or more that don’t, so we want consumers to be very careful,” DeWine said in a news release on Monday. “If someone says you have to wire money to buy tickets, it’s likely a scam.”

In one incident, a Franklin County man paid $800 for six 2015 Sugar Bowl tickets after finding an ad on Craigslist. The seller claimed to be a military service member, but actually stole the identity to use as part of the scam and the buyer never received the tickets.

DeWine’s office said a Fayette County resident was also the victim of a person posing as a service member selling tickets. The seller sent photos of the tickets, a copy of his military ID and a photo of himself, but never sent the tickets. That same buyer was also scammed out of $400 from a supposed seller in Youngstown.

DeWine’s office said red flags include requests for wire and money transfers, or prepaid money cards.

To report suspicious Craigslist ads, go to craigslist.org/about/scams and call the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515.