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Santee resident bilked in Disney ticket scam

Phony license photographed by buyer who was ripped off
Phony license photographed by buyer who was ripped off

Seeking a bargain on Disneyland Hopper Tickets, Kim posted a want ad on Craigslist. Now the young woman from North County is telling others, through a subsequent ad, doing so may not be a good idea.

Kim needed 12 two-day tickets for a “planned family gathering” at the Disney parks. On November 28, she was contacted by a woman who said her name was “Maria.” She offered Kim “leftover tickets from a company function" at half price.

On Friday, November 30, Kim met Maria in Anaheim and made the deal. As insurance, Kim took pictures of Maria, her driver’s license, and car’s license plate. Following the sale, Kim, went to the park to validate her purchase.

“Customer relations at Disneyland scanned every ticket,” says Kim. “They never, ever had been activated. That troll gathered tickets from [the] Disney Store and walked out with them. They looked like plastic gift cards that said on [the] back ‘1-day Hoppers’ for both parks!! There is also a place for a signature and they were not signed….

“I gave her $900,” says Kim. “I cried. I am still in shock! That someone could actually lie right to your face. I told her this is for a family reunion and relatives are driving down from Northern California.”

Since returning to her San Diego home, Kim says she “contacted a family member in law enforcement” but has not reported the theft to police.

As far as the proof of identification she accepted from Maria, on closer examination her Montana driver’s license indicates a 92231 zip code — for Calexico, California.

Kim’s latest Craigslist listing: “DON'T BUY DISNEYLAND TICKETS FROM TROLLS.”

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Phony license photographed by buyer who was ripped off
Phony license photographed by buyer who was ripped off

Seeking a bargain on Disneyland Hopper Tickets, Kim posted a want ad on Craigslist. Now the young woman from North County is telling others, through a subsequent ad, doing so may not be a good idea.

Kim needed 12 two-day tickets for a “planned family gathering” at the Disney parks. On November 28, she was contacted by a woman who said her name was “Maria.” She offered Kim “leftover tickets from a company function" at half price.

On Friday, November 30, Kim met Maria in Anaheim and made the deal. As insurance, Kim took pictures of Maria, her driver’s license, and car’s license plate. Following the sale, Kim, went to the park to validate her purchase.

“Customer relations at Disneyland scanned every ticket,” says Kim. “They never, ever had been activated. That troll gathered tickets from [the] Disney Store and walked out with them. They looked like plastic gift cards that said on [the] back ‘1-day Hoppers’ for both parks!! There is also a place for a signature and they were not signed….

“I gave her $900,” says Kim. “I cried. I am still in shock! That someone could actually lie right to your face. I told her this is for a family reunion and relatives are driving down from Northern California.”

Since returning to her San Diego home, Kim says she “contacted a family member in law enforcement” but has not reported the theft to police.

As far as the proof of identification she accepted from Maria, on closer examination her Montana driver’s license indicates a 92231 zip code — for Calexico, California.

Kim’s latest Craigslist listing: “DON'T BUY DISNEYLAND TICKETS FROM TROLLS.”

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I am sorry for your loss Kim, but please understand that posting a "WTB $900 in tickets" to any venue on Craigslist is like putting out a con-artist bat signal. I am pretty sure that Craigslist's own FAQ would have saved you the heartache. People lie, steal, and cheat all the time on Craigslist. Had you asked her to meet you at Disneyland's ticket booth (you already were in Anaheim) you could have had the cards checked on the spot before paying. Many vendors also offer a method for one to enter the gift card's # online to check the validity/balance. Obviously the con would have refused to go along with this and you would have known she was a POS. This was an expensive, but avoidable, lesson. Next time use the cold-war-era aphorism to guide you: "Trust, but verify." Best of luck next time on the wild world that is Craigslist; I hope you catch this person and bring charges for fraud!

Dec. 6, 2012

If anyone has some free Disneyland passes, it would be nice to pass them along to this poor Kim. A nice holiday gesture for sure for someone who has gotten ripped off bad.

Dec. 6, 2012

OMG!!!!!!!! Cover those up!

Dec. 20, 2012

Thta news report is from 2009, so it was sometime ago, what Kim should do is contact the DA who handled the case against this person in 2009. I am not sure this is the same person from the video as in the pic.

Dec. 20, 2012

Kim please contact me if you get email alerts from this article still. I have info about this person. This happend to me aswell.

Dec. 23, 2012

Wow, lots of comments got deleted!

Dec. 23, 2012

I didnt want my email on here to the public just in case.

Dec. 24, 2012

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