Fraud suspects identified by Lake Stevens PolicePhoney concert tickets sold to locals on Craigslist The Lake Stevens Police Department has identified and arrested a 21-year-old African/American female and a 20-year-old white female as being responsible for a series of fraudulent concert ticket sales in the City of Lake Stevens, and throughout the Puget Sound area.
The females, who reside in Pierce County, have received money from their victims by advertising tickets for sale on CraigsList (Seattle) for the sold out “Taylor Swift” concert on May 15, 2009. Unwitting victims located the ad, and contacted the suspects via a cell phone number listed in the posting.
Face to face meetings were arranged, and cash was then paid to the suspects by the victims in exchange for the fraudulent tickets.
The fraudulent tickets are nearly identical to those provided by TicketMaster.
After a local victim contacted the Lake Stevens Police Department, detectives were able to coordinate a meeting to purchase several tickets for the show. As the suspects arrived at the meeting location, the local victim identified the white female as the person who had sold the concert tickets for which she paid $300.
Search warrants were applied for and obtained for the white female’s residence in Pierce County, as well as for the vehicle she was driving.
Service of both warrants revealed further evidence regarding the creation of and sales of additional fraudulent concert tickets.
Detectives are confident that there may be more throughout the Puget Sound area.
If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, please contact your local law enforcement agency to file a case report. Your local law enforcement agency should then forward your case report to Detective Dennis Irwin at the Lake Stevens Police Department.