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CLEVELAND - Cavs fever is contagious and the closer Cleveland gets to a championship the easier it is to catch.

Matt Morrow from Hartville is living proof. The father of two wanted to surprise his wife, and thought what better way, than to take her to Game 4 of the NBA finals.

"I was going to get them for my wife's birthday, which was Saturday," he told Call For Action Reporter Lorrie Taylor.

He found a seller on Craigslist advertising seats at $250 a piece – half the price he found brokers asking.

"We talked back and forth about twelve times through email,” said Morrow, “And he gave me his Google Wallet link and sent me a request for money, so I sent the money."

Morrow said the transfer of tickets was supposed to be immediate, instead it never happened.

“This is just so typical," said Sue McConnell from the Cleveland Better Business Bureau.

She told Taylor thieves are successful at conning consumers because they appeal to the bargain hunter in everyone.

"We advise consumers that if you are going online looking for tickets, do not go to places like Craigslist or other online classified ad sites,” said McConnell, “You want to use a legitimate ticket broker or a site that is sanctioned by the sports team itself."

Given another opportunity, it's advice Matt Morrow would have taken.

"Oh definitely disappointed,  I mean you're never really looking to be taken and I should have been more apprehensive about doing it," he said.

Morrow complained to Google Wallet; he said the company is investigating.