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Scam Artists Rip Off Two Teenagers

Updated: Friday, April 26 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

WESTERVILLE – Two teenagers are heartbroken after being scammed out of concert tickets.


The two girls have spent the last two years saving money to see the popular British boy band One Direction.


“I’m like deeply in love with them,” said Taylor McCoy.  “I’ve been wanting these tickets forever.”


McCoy has pictures of the group plastered all over her bedroom wall.  She saved about 300 dollars to buy tickets to see them live at Nationwide Arena with her best friend.


“Their concert has been a dream of ours,” said her friend Anna Caplan.


McCoy’s stepfather bought four tickets on Craigslist for nearly 700 dollars.


“I probably screamed so loud the neighbors thought I was getting murdered,” McCoy said.


Her stepfather says there were no red flags buying the tickets, even in hindsight.  Unfortunately for him, the tickets aren’t real.


“For this to happen is terrible,” Josh Pellior said.  “I feel bad for them because it’s just not right.”


The date on the tickets says “Tuesday June 8th”, but the 8th is actually a Saturday and the concert is a week and a half later.


“It hit me,” Caplan said.  “I was like, ‘I don’t think that’s the right date’ because I knew it was June 18th because I had been looking forward to it for a while.”


“I cried so much,” McCoy said.  “I’m probably out of tears still.”


Now it’ll cost a couple hundred more dollars for them to get nose bleed seats – if they can find them.  Tickets are sold out at most of the other concerts in nearby cities.  Now these girls are afraid they’ve missed their shot to see their heartthrobs while they’re in the US.


“We don’t know when we’ll get to see them again,” Caplan said.



Pellior posted a warning on Craigslist not to buy from the person he did.  He said he’s already received several emails thanking him from people that have almost bought from the same scam artist.


Reporter: Ben Garbarek

Scam Artists Rip Off Two Teenagers


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