LAPD detectives were warning the public about buying discounted Disneyland tickets on Craigslist after several victims tried to use them at the popular theme park only to discover they were invalid.
Multiple incidents have been reported to the Los Angeles Police Department this year.
In each instance, the seller advertises Disneyland tickets for almost half price, according to an LAPD news release. After being contacted by the victims, the seller arranges to meet them in downtown L.A., then offers to let them take pictures of his drivers’ license in order to convince them the tickets are valid, the release stated.
The first reported incident occurred in early March, when a female victim paid $1,600 for 10 tickets that were sold for $60 each. She also purchased 20 additional tickets from the same seller for $50 apiece.
The victim attempted to use the tickets that month and discovered they were not valid and had no value, according to LAPD. She tried to get in touch with the seller again but was unsuccessful.
Later that month, a second victim answered the ad and purchased six tickets for $500, which they paid for in cash. When the victim went to Disneyland with their family, they found out the tickets weren’t valid, the release stated.
In the third reported case this year, which occurred on St. Patrick’s Day, the victim contacted the seller on Craigslist and arranged a meeting. On May 9, that person attempted to use the tickets at Disneyland and was advised by security that the tickets had not been activated and were not valid, according to the release.
The victim in the third case contacted the seller again and scheduled a meeting to get their money back, but the man did not show up.
Three other instances of invalid tickets being purchased from the same Craigslist seller were reported in November 2013, according to LAPD.
Anyone with information about the investigation was encouraged to call burglary Detective Angel-Rummer at 213-996-1859 or Detective Hernandez 213-996-1860. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-527-3247.
Those wishing to remain anonymous should contact Crime Stoppers by dialing 1-800-222-8477, texting a message beginning with the letters “LAPD” to 274637, or going to LAPDOnline.org and clicking on “webtips.”