South Charlotte woman claims she was duped out of hundreds trying to buy Dave Chappelle tickets on Craigslist

Ticket scam costs woman hundreds of dollars

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A south Charlotte wife and mother claims she paid a seller on Craigslist hundreds of dollars for tickets to see comedian Dave Chappelle at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, but never received the tickets.

The woman asked that she not be identified for this story.

She said her husband loves Dave Chappelle, so when she heard he was coming to perform in Charlotte she thought it would be great to get tickets. Unfortunately, she missed her opportunity to get the tickets at the box office and instead chose to look for tickets on Craigslist. She was thrilled to find tickets at the end of a row, citing the fact that her husband often needs a wheelchair in public so seating can be tricky.

“They were seats one through four so those would be great because I could put my husband in seat one at the end of an aisle and that kind of good stuff,” the woman explained.

She hoped the comedy show would be a perfect Valentines Day gift for her husband. She said they could also take another couple to the show with them. She decided to contact the seller about buying all four available tickets.

“They were said they were available. The person said they could provide proof of purchase so I was like ‘great’,” elaborated the wife and mother.

She said there was nothing too suspicious about the seller so she decided to buy the tickets, transferring the seller $500 through the Apple Pay online payment service.

“I was having good faith and it cost me $500,” the woman stated.

She said the seller never sent her the tickets and stopped communicating with her as soon as she sent the money.

“You have no empathy or goodness, or I don’t know, maybe no soul,” the woman told WBTV.

She has filed a police report with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and a fraud report with her credit card company.

Tom Bartholomy, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Piedmont, recommended that customers looking for high demand tickets buy them from the secondary market.

“There is a money-back guarantee that comes along with those. It cost a little bit more, but at least you have that security that it’s going to be a secure transaction,” said Bartholomy.

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