Bay Area Family Scammed on Disneyland Trip

A Bay Area family ends up not-so-happy at the "happiest place on earth." The $800 tickets likely to have been bought, voided and then sold to the victim.

A Bay Area family ended up not-so-happy at the "happiest place on earth" when they found out the tickets they bought on Craiglist were worthless.

A family from Pleasanton bought $800 worth of tickets to Disneyland in July and when they drove down to use them, they discovered the tickets were fake, according to the Tri-Valley News.

Pleasanton Police confirm the scam and says there have been two other similar, although unrelated, cases.

"We have had two other cases such as this and have cleared both.  The description on this most recent case is not consistent with the other suspects," said Sgt. Kurt Schlehuber.  "I do not feel they are related.  It is just a popular scam because people are still falling for it. "

Tri-Valley News reports that tickets were likely to have been bought, voided and then sold to the victim. No suspects have been arrested in this case.

recommends buyers avoid making theses types of purchases on Craigslist and that they only go through authorized ticket sellers.

Kathleen Schoening August 27, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Silly question while "Tri-Valley News reports that tickets were likely to have been bought, voided and then sold to the victim" could it also have been a one of those 2, 3 or 5 day hoppers that families are always trying to dump because they only want to go 2 of the 5 days but want to make money on the rest?
Autumn Johnson August 27, 2012 at 09:51 PM
@Kathleen Schoening: No, that was not the case in this situation.
Sabrina C. September 02, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Even though this is a crime that was not violent, it still sucks. I could not imagine how ky kids would look and feel if we were at the gates of Disneyland and we had to tell them they can't go in cause some low life ripped us off. Some people are trash!!!
Your Digital Handyman September 03, 2012 at 08:37 PM
This just happened to me. I was not the person that bought the tickets, but the person who's card was used to buy the tickets so they could be sold to someone else. One evening I saw a charge for $343 to "Universal". Knowing that was not my charge I called my credit card company and they told me it was for Universal Studios and they would start an investigation. In the meantime with a few Google searches I found out that there has been a scam going where these Universal tickets get charged (no idea how they got my info) and then the tickets are sold to unsuspecting people. If I had not caught this quickly even if the people buying were suspicious they could have called with the #'s and Universal would have said they were fine. However, in my case I caught it so quick that Universal voided the tickets. So unfortunately some family is going to have the same bad experience as the family here.


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