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Woman swindled out of $500 for Tennessee football tickets

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) – A Tennessee fan got scammed while watching the Vols play.

“I was just really disappointed,” said Caitlin Ault, a Knoxville native and Tennessee Volunteers Football fan.

Ault had his eyes set on one of the biggest games of the season, next Saturday’s soccer game against top-seeded Georgia.

She started looking for tickets on sites like Ticketmaster and StubHub.

“And it was like out of control,” she explained. “As with the fees and everything, it’s like a $400 fee.”

As of Thursday afternoon, the cheapest ticket on StubHub was selling for $489. Ticketmaster was even more expensive, with the cheapest ticket listed at $537.

Ault looked for a cheaper option and found a listing on Craigslist, two tickets for $500.

“He said he and his buddies had a band, and they were buying tickets and reselling them. And he kind of made it feel like a little side affair,” Ault said.

Ault assumed this was the reason the scammer was able to offer cheaper tickets.

She said the scammer requested payments through Google Pay or the Cash app, and her profile on those apps appeared legitimate.

“I sent him the money and he said, ‘Okay, I’ll have them transferred to your Ticketmaster in about 20 minutes,'” Ault said. “Well, 20 minutes pass, we keep refreshing our Ticketmaster, and no tickets ever arrived.”

Ault said it’s much safer to stick to verified sites when buying tickets, even if it means paying the highest prices.

Tennessee Athletics said it discourages ticket transactions on Facebook or any other social media platform. They said the safest way to purchase tickets in the secondary market is to select tickets labeled “verified resale tickets” on Ticketmaster through AllVols.com.

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