It went down just like so many other fake ticket sales have gone down in the past.
Two tickets posted on Craigslist, a well-known choice of the unscrupulous scalper. Tickets to the Discover BCS National Championship for $1,000 each, a price that seemed too good to be true because, well, it was.
You always hear stories of people that got duped. But rarely do you get an inside look at one of these transactions.
It shows how the Internet has changed the game and how simply peppering people with questions can reveal the fraud.
This year, the Orange Bowl decided not to put ticket prices on the National Championship tickets to help schools flexibly price the seats to students or donors. After I discussed this on Twitter, I was contacted by a man named Paul Crowley, who believed he was in the midst of an alleged fake ticket transaction for the title game between Notre Dame and Alabama.
After we provided scans of the tickets to the Orange Bowl, who told us they believed the tickets were fake, Crowley obviously decided he wouldn't buy them. But to help me describe how such exchanges occur, he followed it through until the point where he'd have to meet the seller with $2,000 cash.
The Craigslist post was for two 50-yard line seats. One could expect to pay $2,500 apiece for these tickets, but this seller was offering a deal, complete with a very specific story...
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