BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - With the shortened NHL season, tickets for Buffalo Sabres games are at a premium, and someone is using a popular website to take advantage of fans looking for seats.
News 4 first reported this on Friday night and it's caught a lot of interest. Now we have a much better description of the guy who is scamming Sabres fans using Craigslist.
One of at least four victims told News 4, "[The suspect is a] clean cut guy. Nothing suspicious about him at all."
Each victim handed the man $150 after they responded to his ad on Craigslist for four Sabres tickets. The seller arranged a meeting place, gets the money and tells the buyer they can pick up the tickets at the will call window of First Niagara Center.
The victim News 4 spoke with on Monday said he had arranged to meet the suspect at the Washington Market on Ellicott Street. The victim thinks the scammer might live or work downtown because he was able to get there on short notice.
"The guy looked like he was in his late 20s, had a well-groomed beard, tall and thin, dark brown hair," described the victim.
The scammer even wrote up a receipt under the name John Bradley. This victim handed over the money and went straight to the will call window. When the ticket taker said there were no tickets under the name Presley Bradley, our victim sends the scammer a text.
"He replies and says, 'Let me call my wife...stay put,'" the victim said.
The scammer strung this victim along by text for three days until game time.
"He says he feels horrible that I have to wait, maybe he'll throw in an extra game," the victim said.
This scammer has used the same cellphone number starting in "348" to sell tickets to at least three games this month, and even some sports memorabilia online. He calls himself John Bradley and has told at least two victims he works at Ferguson Electric, which is also a lie.
The victim said, "There are street cameras out there. It would be great if the police would at least run some footage of those street cameras."
The police, the Sabres and the Better Business Bureau all say you should never buy tickets this way from a stranger, but the victims all say this guy is a smooth talker. If we find surveillance video of the suspect, we will air it on television and post it on WIVB.com.
After our story aired on Friday, the suspect posted another ad on Craigslist.
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