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PORTLAND, Ore. — His advertisements for Seattle Seahawks tickets appeared on Fb, Craigslist and Reddit. They promised nice seats.
“His promoting — he makes you need to name,” defined Carrie Silveria-Kirby of Pierce County.
The vendor, 23-yr-previous Shondrea “Dre” Sims, offered Silveria-Kirby a written contract for the tickets, photograph identification and affirmation from the group that he was certainly the proprietor of the season tickets.
“It’s simply unbelievable how far he went to show that he had tickets when he didn’t. He conned me,” stated Silveria-Kirby, who misplaced $three,600 on a down cost for season tickets that she by no means acquired.
Police stories and different public data recommend a minimum of a half-dozen followers have complained about the identical man allegedly promoting phony Seahawks tickets on-line.
The group has been conscious of the fraudulent exercise since 2015.
“It’s onerous. You need to belief individuals. You need to consider individuals are good on the market,” stated Portland resident Mary Reynolds.
She stated she misplaced $1,300 shopping for pretend Seahawks tickets from the identical man in August.
“I really like the Seahawks. I really like being up at CenturyLink, however this was type of a tough capsule to swallow,” stated Reynolds.
The Kent Police division began investigating Shondrea Sims for fraudulent ticket gross sales in August 2016.
Silveria-Kirby informed investigators she’d contacted Sims after recognizing an commercial on a Fb fan web page. He provided to promote a pair of Seahawks season tickets. They communicated via on-line messages.
Previous to the sale, Silveria-Kirby requested a replica of the vendor’s photograph ID and assertion displaying Sims was the proprietor of the season tickets.
“There wasn’t something extra that I might have finished,” stated Silveria-Kirby.
Sims offered documentation, together with a written contract.
“It appeared like a lawyer drew it up,” stated Silveria-Kirby. “He was very convincing.”
After cashing the $three,600 verify for a down cost, Sims by no means offered the tickets he promised. He provided to return the cash however by no means did.
Sims’ pretend contract
In the course of the investigation, a Kent police detective contacted the Seattle Seahawks.
“That they had acquired a number of fraud complaints from followers involving Sims,” wrote Detective LM Meyer in a police report.
The Seahawks authorized coordinator and government assistant despatched…