Ebay Seller nlast2011 also known as Mike Sparks and Nicole Dunn from Orlando, Fl. posted a Classifed Ad on Ebay which stated they were selling Walt Disney World Tickets, Universal, Sea World, cirque du soleil la nouba for $1500 US. As my family are travelling to Florida to bring our 4 year old son to an Autism Treatment Center there, we thought we would check out this great deal.
We are a family of 4, travelling with our son's home therapist to Orlando so we really needed 5 tickets for everything. I contacted the seller and we emailled back and forth for a couple of days and then I told him about my son's therapy. He called me saying that he had an 8 yr old daughter with Autism and gave me a big story on how his wife walked out on her leaving her alone for an entire day, etc, etc....He played on my heartstrings and he was good at it!
He told me that both himself and his wife Nicole were Disney Cast Members. [continued below]....
..... I didn't really know what to believe but he gave me our reservation codes to call Discovery Cove to verify the names and dates and she also told me that it was booked by a Disney Cast Member. When I said "Yes, Mike Sparks", she agreed. This was a legitimate phone number. I looked it up on the internet first and it was listed under Discovery Cove, so I really had no reason NOT to believe him. I wanted these tickets before someone else grabbed them!
Payment was a hassle, every which way. It did set off warning bells in my head, but I really thought that this guy was just more unlucky that I was..lol. NOT SO.
BUYERS BEWARE: This guy came up with every story in the book when it came too why he couldn't use PayPal - oh they hold the money for 21 days, he said, and we need the money to buy our airline tickets to fly home to California, he said.
I couldn't use the MoneyGram through Walmart as we do not have it here in Newfoundland so I sent the money...like an idiot...through Western Union. This gets better......Western Union called me and told me that because I purchased this item on Ebay, they wouldn't permit it to go through because it was more than likely a scam! Yeah...those bells went off again, but W.U. told me that the computer randomly selected me as the clerk wrote in "Internet Purchase". He didn't say he had anything on this person at all, just that they do not advise I allow this to go through. So I didn't.
I figured if this was a scam, I better make sure I have a paper trail on these two and pay them through Paypal. They insisted that I not pay them that way as it was held, so they sent it to me as Bill Payment through an old account they suddenly found. It wasn't a bill payment and I wasn't paying it that way.
When it came down to the crunch and they finally gave me the reservation codes to verify, I was stupid enough to give him my credit card number. He sent me pictures of the tickets going into a FedEx bag and a picture of the tracking number.
The next day, I went online and tried to track it but the number came back as "Unknown". I called him, emailed him, texted and after two days he gets back to me with "Oh sorry, when I got there, it was in the wrong fedex parcel so I had to put it in another one." No tracking number, no nothing. Two more days later he gets back to me with another bogus tracking number and tells me that the parcel got held at customs and then it got sent back to Disney and that he may loss his job for using Disney Fedex Services for personal use.
He still sounded legitimate to me. He sounds like a real sweatheart. I actually felt bad for the guy. He said he would refund me my entire amount to my card and send my tickets as well and send me the tracking number from the Fedex office.....NOT!
I cancelled my credit card and I'm now out $1700. Money they can't be replaced and now a trip to Florida with no Disney World or Discovery Cove at all. My kids are devistated and there's absolutely nothing I can do about it. The police will work on it, I'm sure, but may never catch these two creeps that play on peoples desires to make their children's dreams come true.