I'm a long time burner, and I'm here because I was scammed

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I'm a long time burner, and I'm here because I was scammed

Postby crazyrussian » Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:12 pm

Just want to warn the community that if you get contacted by a guy in Pittsburgh, PA who claims to have tickets, DO NOT SEND HIM MONEY! He's a scammer. I'm out close to 700 bucks for two second tier tickets. Major bummer. He goes by several names, but his phone number is 412-807-xxxx.

(Moderator note - edited part of phone number - if the rest of the info matches, be wary. Esp since tickets have yet to be shipped. Don't let a scammer play your anguish at chasing tickets... Thanks, bbs, mod. ep)
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Re: I'm a long time burner, and I'm here because I was scamm

Postby junglesmacks » Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:16 pm

Why on earth you would send ANYONE money for tickets that haven't even been sent out yet.. let alone a complete stranger from the internet.. is beyond me.

I won't go as far as to say that you deserved it.. but..
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Re: I'm a long time burner, and I'm here because I was scamm

Postby crazyrussian » Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:20 pm

I know. I did. You're right. I feel about as retarded as possible. He was just going to change the name on the ticket and the address to which they were going to go, I've done that with friends before. He said he was part of Grilled Cheese Incident last year... In retrospect, very stupid.
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Re: I'm a long time burner, and I'm here because I was scamm

Postby Savannah » Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:31 pm

I'm sorry that happened to you. Have you contacted the police, or did he cover his tracks too well?
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Re: I'm a long time burner, and I'm here because I was scamm

Postby crazyrussian » Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:35 pm

Filing a police report and talking to the FBI... the guy has done this many times, apparently
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Re: I'm a long time burner, and I'm here because I was scamm

Postby Lassen Forge » Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:02 pm

Ouch and yuck. Good luck, hon - hope they nail the bad guy!

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Re: I'm a long time burner, and I'm here because I was scamm

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:20 pm

Should this maybe be moved to tickets?
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Re: I'm a long time burner, and I'm here because I was scamm

Postby Savannah » Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:27 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:Should this maybe be moved to tickets?


Good idea. Done.
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Re: I'm a long time burner, and I'm here because I was scamm

Postby delle » Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:14 am

I'd even venture so far as to say that it might be a good idea to rename it to "Known Scammer - Beware!", or to include it in a thread of that nature, that can be (hopefully not) added to as incidents (hopefully don't) arise.

Fear is a biggie right about now and alot of people are probably considering taking this kind of chance.
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Re: I'm a long time burner, and I'm here because I was scamm

Postby crazyrussian » Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:53 am

Thanks for the support. The feds are looking into the case now, it being an interstate issue and all...
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Re: I'm a long time burner, and I'm here because I was scamm

Postby crazyrussian » Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:33 pm

looks like I wasn't the only one. here's a virtually identical report, down to the last detail. bummer.

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Re: I'm a long time burner, and I'm here because I was scamm

Postby trilobyte » Thu Mar 22, 2012 3:12 pm

Thank you for forwarding information regarding your experience to Participant Services via the partiserv(at)burningman(dot)com email address.
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