CRAIGSLIST TICKET SCAM

October 31, 2008

Ticket scammer netted $100,000 on Craigslist,

IRVINE – Irvine detectives have arrested a 26-year-old man who they believe ran an event ticket scam that likely netted more than $100,000, police officials announced today.

Authorities took Kevin Lopez into custody at his Riverside residence Wednesday after an eight-month investigation into charges of credit card fraud, Lt. Rick Handfield said. Police allege that Lopez used stolen credit card numbers to purchase concert, theme park and event tickets, duplicating them and selling them on Craigslist.com.

Detectives believe that Lopez obtained the credit card information from a cell phone kiosk called “Mobile Tron” at the Galleria at Tyler Mall in Riverside.

“We’re not exactly sure how that connects with Mr. Lopez,” Handfield said of the kiosk, noting that Lopez did not work at the business. Mobile Tron representatives could not immediately be reached for comment.

Lopez is suspected of purchasing the tickets online and printing out multiple copies of the e-mailed tickets, selling them to different victims. Lopez purchased tickets to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Los Angeles Laker games, UFC fights among other events, Handfield said.

Since only the first electronic copy scanned at a venue is valid, the remaining victims were left with unusable tickets, Handfield said.

“We know of venues where there were fifteen to twenty people who came to the door with tickets that were already used,” Handfield said.

Irvine police were notified of the alleged scam in October 2007, Handfield said, when an Irvine resident reported giving Lopez a personal check for phony tickets.

Detectives have confirmed $60,000 in losses connected to the ticket scam, Handfield said, but fear that many victims have yet to report their losses. He urged anyone who used the Mobile Tron kiosk to check their bank statements.

“If it sounds too good to be true, be careful,” Handfield said. “Always deal with a reputable ticket broker, Ticketmaster or the venue itself,” he added.

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Two people have been arrested in a Craiglist prostitution bust based out of a New Jersey veterinary office.

Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne Forrest and Bedminster Chief of Police William Stephens announced on Wednesday that a two-month investigation dubbed “Operation Net-Vet Harlot” resulted in the arrest of 50-year-old Cathy Rosania and 35-year-old David Baker.

Prosecutors say Rosania was the prostitute and Baker her business manager, or pimp. The office is located in the Pluckemin section of Bedminster Township.

Authorities say the investigation began when a Bedminster detective monitoring the Internet for criminal activity found an ad on Craigslist offering erotic services in the Pluckemin/Bedminster area.The officer responded to the ad and ultimately set up an appointment to meet with Rosania at the veterinary facility, located on Route 202-206 North in Bedminster, where Rosania was employed as a veterinary assistant…..READ FULL STORY http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local&id=6296575

A Brooklyn gang used a scam on craigslist.com to shake down New Yorkers with the lure of discounted iPhones, police said yesterday.

When the victims arrived, the thugs robbed them at gunpoint, cops said.

“It was all a ruse to get the buyers with money in [the criminals’] comfort zone so they could rob them,” said Lt. Garfield Brown of the Brooklyn Central Robbery Unit.

In one particularly nasty holdup on April 10, the gun-toting robbers allegedly demanded cash from a 69-year-old man who showed up at with two children in the car…….. READ FULL STORY http://www.nypost.com/seven/06132008/news/regionalnews/irobbed_115332.htm

DeKalb County police say a man accused of sexually assaulting two women by using the popular Web site Craigslist to lure them to a vacant apartment is HIV-positive.

Eighteen-year-old Allen Jamar McDowell is accused in two separate assaults at an apartment near his home in March and April. Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said Tuesday one woman was raped and the other robbed and sexually assaulted at the vacant apartment at 3527 Kensington Road…..READ FULL STORY http://www.wsbtv.com/news/16184165/detail.html

NEW YORK — Seven people have been arrested in connection with two robberies where people thought they’d bought a cheap Porsche on Craig’s list, only to be beaten up and robbed, police said.A Pennsylvania couple responded to a Craigslist ad for a 2006 Porsche, police said:When they arrived, a group of men attacked them……….READ FULL STORY http://www.wnbc.com/news/15013111/detail.html

The pair met people through Craigslist and arranged meetings at hotels or homes to engage in sex acts. They allegedly conspired to steal identification documents during the meetings by distracting the individual. Then they allegedly used the stolen identification, checks or bank records to buy things, including prescription drugs…….READ FULL STORY http://www.kxmc.com/getArticle.asp?ArticleId=232328

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A woman seeking a photographer to take modeling pictures of her was met by a man with a fake badge, who ordered her into a car and raped her, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies….READ FULL STORY http://www.wptv.com/content/breakingnews/story.aspx?content_id=efa23184-95ae-4977-b212-f9791467477b

“According to police, the sting targeted prostitutes who offer their services on Craigslist. One of the ads included a $25 coupon, police said.”…..READ FULL STORY http://www.wnbc.com/news/14227350/detail.html