By Jeff Wagner

UPDATE: A WCCO viewer who could no longer attend Obama’s event decided to give Skye Taylor his tickets. She says she’ll share them with her pastor and his two daughters.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – As if slipping on ice and breaking her ankle wasn’t enough pain for Skye Taylor, someone on Facebook found another way to burst her bubble this winter.

“I’m just devastated I won’t get to see Michelle,” she said.

Her role model, Michelle Obama, is visiting the Xcel Energy Center this week for her book tour. Taylor admittedly waited until the last minute to buy tickets, which put her out of her price range.

“The only tickets that were left were floor seats, so I decided to look at some ticket scalpers,” she said.

Taylor visited the event’s Facebook page, where she found someone willing to sell her a seat at an affordable price. Using her PayPal account, Taylor bought the ticket.

“When I tried to contact (the seller) for the ticket, asking her why she hadn’t sent me an email about the ticket, then she just blocked my calls, blocked my messages.”

Taylor feels she was tricked by a person she thought was legitimate.

“Scammers, they’ll just post like a random picture and they won’t have much of a history on their (Facebook) page or anything like that,” she said. “This person had like a full profile, lots of pictures, lots of posts. They looked like a regular person on Facebook. They didn’t look like a typical scammer.”

Police weren’t surprised to hear her story and say sites like Facebook and Craigslist are filled with dishonest people. It’s why they implore buyers to only buy directly from the box office or reputable third parties like StubHub, Vivid Seats and Ticket King.

Taylor filed a police report as well as a dispute claim with PayPal. It’s possible Taylor could be reimbursed through PayPal since the money transfer site investigates fraud claims.

“I’m hoping that this makes people more aware of what goes on on Facebook,” she said.

Jeff Wagner

Comments (4)
  1. Sandy Bergman says:

    I thought I was buying tickets to the MLB Allstar game. Found someone on Craig’s list that had two reasonably priced tickets, but out of town. Wanted money via Walmart payment service. I lost $500. Another time I was trying to buy tickets where an image of the tickets was posted I thought for sure this isn’t a scam. When I commented my friend would pick them up (before I sent any money) they disappeared. No further responses. I saw their posts in several other places and wrote it was a scam. If it seems to easy, or better than any other offer, forget it.

  2. I saw an add on Craig’s list, “Led Zeppeylins” come to town soon ticket sales now only you pay $300. by pay target gifty cards.” I sent 300 in gift cards but got nothing…? Wow are these scammers good or what.
    But my life will get better. I met this soldier on Facebook that loves me. He can not wait to be with me. I sent him $1400 so he can buy an airline ticket to come here to see me… however he had to use the money to pay for something else… but I sent him another $1400 so now he can buy the airline tickets.

  3. Maybe you can hook up with Peter Glessing the lawyer who gave out his bank information to some caller… dah.