ORLANDO, Fla. - Couple looking for theme park discount falls victim to scammer
An Orlando man thought he'd found a bargain on theme park tickets on Craigslist, but ended up losing his money.
Aaron Diego was on Craigslist shopping for discount tickets in Orlando.
The post offered a one-day park ticket for $50 or a hopper for $70.
"She even sent us an email…it showed her name from a Gmail account. She mentioned the word PayPal. I felt secure," said Diego.
The seller asked Diego to purchase a pre-paid debit card and load it with the money for the tickets. Diego said he was then asked to give the seller the code on the back of the card over the phone and wait for a confirmation email with ticket information.
But he never heard back from her.
When Diego called back the same number with Eyewitness News and pretended to buy hundreds of dollars in tickets, the person on the other end hung up the phone.
Investigators said to never pre-pay for anything unless you have a reliable source like a secure PayPal account or your own credit card.