ED Magedson – Founder
Best View/Tammy LamPetersburg, Michigan USA
Best View/Tammy Lam Sporting Ticket Sale Fraud Petersburg Michigan
Aka Tammy Lam-
Aka Craigslist user: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aka Gmail user: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 has led me into my 1st ever scam! You read about and you think “poor people or what dummies- how did they not see that (scam) coming?!” I guess I am between the “poor person and what a dummy range- LOL! I think my humor and my resounding faith that GOOD WILL TRUMP EVIL has gotten me past the exact week of this scam.
A little background to this scam- January 7, 2014 I placed a WTB (Want to Buy) Ad on Craigslist- Yes, this is where the needle takes me closer to the “What a dummy” level- for Duke Basketball tickets! I am a huge Duke B-ball fan (since a really young age) and I decided 2014 is the year I’m clearing this “bucket list” of seeing my FAVORITE team play in Cameron.
Fast forward to January 8, 2014, mid morning time, I get an email from Tammy Lam-
Aka Craigslist user: email@example.com stating the following:
I saw your ad looking for tickets to a Duke game. Let me know if you are still looking. I have some I am trying to sale.
If I had psychic vision/knowledge I would have ignored this roach but alas there were numerous exchanges, which I’ll post all the exchanges at the end of this rant, that led this individual to quote price and section of the game that I was wishing to attend. The price seemed like a fair one but to pay everything immediately- Well that wasn’t an option! So a few more emails were exchanged and supportive words and assurances were made to lead me to place a $150, of the $700 total for the tickets, “hold” and pay the remainder at the end of the month. Yep, the needle is going even more close to the “what a dummy” level!
No gut feelings of uneasiness or red flags were buzzing around in my head- Heck, this roach was selling what would have been THE BEST TRIP EVER and was helping me fulfill my bucket list for me and my sis!
Fast forward to sending the money via Amazon webpay and feeling like I had just won the lottery! In my head, I was closer to seeing “my boys” play live- I got a little emotional! I can’t explain how much this trip would mean to me- I kept pinching myself!
Fast forward even more to getting ready for bed and then- BAM! I was hit with the most AWFUL dream that night! In my dream, I was crying like someone had died- my sis was crying in the dream, too! All I remembered when I awoke at 4am is something about tickets! I didn’t quite understand it all but I felt this urging to check the email I was given to send the $150 to “hold” our Duke tickets. When I did the Google search, my heart shattered in a million pieces- this roach had its own “Ripoff page” http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/directory/tammy-lam
My first instinct was to beat “myself up” with the ‘whys’- Why didn’t I take the time to check the email before I sent the $150? Why didn’t I wait a day to search more? Why did I believe this Roach?
I went from that emotion to contacting this Roach thinking that there could be a better explanation- I soon found out that I was dealing with seasoned con artist Roach! Sickening! I pleaded for a return of my money- hoping that there was a heart to this pest! I was showered with lies that the money would be returned! No such thing happened- I spent 6 days waiting for the return of the $150! I was told by this Roach the transaction was reversed and reimbursement was initiated.
Sadly, for this Roach I was in contact with reps from Amazon that stated the opposite- no refund transaction had taken place!
Fast forward to why I am on here- The positive of this is I “lost” $150 and not $700! I realize this Roach has ripped off numerous people for wayyyyy more than what was taken for me- I am grateful for my dream! I felt like God stepped in and blocked a great mess!
The amount of lies that came from this Roach’s mouth is historic! I’m sickened that there are individuals that prey on individual’s excitement and love of a team/sport/event! I’m sickened that this Roach has no soul or heart! I’m not sure this will put a stop to this Roach’s madness but maybe 150 friends can pass the details to 150 more friends, and keep passing 150 more to bombard the emails and craigslist account of this roach- ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!
I never once cussed at this individual- I came close! I’m not gonna lie- I’m human!
I’m just reminded that life comes full circle! You can’t prey and prey on individuals and not be caught! Good trumps Evil- RIGHT?! So, this is a little “hiccup” in the road but it won’t kill my dream/bucket list to see Duke play in Cameron this year- 2014!!!
I’m hoping and praying to get the LAST LAUGH!
Jan8 @ 1050am: Best View to me
I saw your ad looking for tickets to a Duke game. Let me know if you are still looking. I have some I am trying to sale.
Jan8 @ 1121am: Me to Best View
Yes, I began, yesterday, and thanks for your response! What tickets do you have? Section? Price?
Jan8 @ 1142am: Best View to me
The cheapest I have is section 11 row A for $350 each. I have others that are more as well. Let me know if you want these or something else. I have these for each game you are looking for.
Jan8 @ 1206pm: Me to Best View
WOW, I am SUPER speechless!!! You have made my DAY- heck, my year! I'm stupid not to purchase these tickets, right now, but my sis doesn't get paid till 1/31. Sadly, I can't purchase both tickets, right now :-( Would we do this transaction through Paypal and then have you mail out the tickets to me? I'm going to hold on to your email and PRAY for the BEST!!! 1/31, I'll contact you and pray that you have the NC or 'Cuse game tickets still available...
Man, this stinks cause you have the best price offer that has been shared with me!
Jan8 @ 1213pm: Best View to me
I think we can work something out so you have these tickets. Can you pay for one now? I take payments through amazon webpay. I can email you an invoice. What I can do is hold the tickets for you if you can pay for one now and then mail out after the second ticket is paid for. I ship through fedex and you would have the tickets in a couple days after the final payment. I know what its like to be short on cash, so I am willing to work with people. Let me know what game you want and we can work this out. I don't believe in charging 4 and 5 times the price for tickets. I try and stay reasonable and with that I get return customers. Let me know.
Jan 8 @ 1238pm: Me to Best View
You are BEYOND super awesome! I'm going to be super honest and say I would have the $350 right now but I just wrapped up a few things…
Until, I get a hold of my sister, which I have been texting her like MAD right now to call me ASAP, all I have is about $150 to put towards it. I know, I suck- I'm waiting to hear from her and maybe we can put something together to purchase one of the tickets!
Jan8 @ 1241pm: Best View to me
I understand. I will work with you. Let me know when you hear from her and if you can put down $150 now and pay the remaining by the 31st we have a deal. Just let me know.
Jan 8 @ 1253pm: Me to Best View
I am going to pay the $150 right now- I have an Amazon account but it's under another email! I will have the $550 to you on 1/31/14! I PROMISE!!! We want the 3/8/14 game: Duke vs. UNC!!! I'm typing through tears! You don't understand how much this means to me! I can't tell you, in words, how you're fulfilling a dream that I've had since age 11!!!
Let me know the steps to get the $150 to you RIGHT NOW!!!!
Jan8 @ 1257pm: Best View to me
Sounds good! I will put those tickets on hold now. Let me know the Amazon email and I can send you the request. All I see is a craigslist email.
Jan8 @ 106pm: Best View to me
I just tried sending the request and it says your not able to accept payment requests at this time. You can turn that option on in your account settings or send it direct to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan 8 @ 111pm: Me to Best View
I got it- I am sending the money right now!!!
Jan8 @ 116pm: Best View to me
Sounds good. Let me know when payment is sent. I have the tickets set aside for you.
Jan 8 @ 147pm: Me to Best View
I just sent payment!
Jan8 @ 158pm: Best View to me
Awesome. I just checked it and its there. We will talk before the 31st and get that payment arranged.
Jan 8 @ 323pm: Me to Best View
Thank YOU! I can't say it enough :-D
Jan 9 @ 630am: Me to Best View
Good morning! I hope you're having a good start to your day. To ease my minds do you mind taking a pic of the tickets- I believe that GOOD-hearted people are very much alive! Sorry, I'm not trying to be disrespectful to you cause I believe and feel with every core of my being that you are Heaven sent and a very caring person! Seriously, what you have done is something I would do for someone!
Jan9 @ 637am: Best View to me
I understand. I am a broker and pull tickets from the broker exchange. I can take a screenshot of my account with the exchange to prove the tickets. Let me know if you want that.
Jan 9 @ 708am: Me to Best View
Can you explain this?
Now, I am sorry cause I have to file to get my HARD EARNED MONEY BACK!!!
Jan9 @ 717am: Best View to me
This is the first I have seen of this. I took a look at all three links. I have not done business in Florida. I just started my business on the side the first of this year. I am located in Petersburg Mi. I assure you will have tickets if you let me sell them to you.
I'm just someone that started a side business because I too like to go to concerts and games and I don't want people to have to pay the outrageous prices. I hooked up with some brokers in the exchange and I can get some good deals. I did my homework with this whole thing before I opened my business. I am sorry you feel this way, but I understand why you would with seeing that.
Jan 9 @ 724am: Me to Best View
Show me a picture of the exact tickets- There's too much nonsense listed about you... How are people posting fraud claims and have the exact email you sent to me to have me send the $150? Odd? Till you show me physical pictures of the ticket I have nothing to say. I don't want screen shots- I want to see you holding the tickets and smiling on camera!
Jan9 @ 728am: Best View to me
Sorry, the tickets are pulled from the broker exchange with ticket evolution and are mailed direct to you from there. Thats how it works with brokers using the exchange.
Jan 9 @ 732am: Me to Best View
Will you, please, reimburse the $150? You never claimed it was a broker exchange setup/deal! You sounded like it was tickets you physically had... Please, be kind, and reimburse the $150! I have a feeling that anymore money given will dash my hopes of seeing a Duke game!
Jan9 @ 734am: Best View to me
It won't dash your dream of seeing the game, but if you want a refund I can do that.
Jan 9 @ 741am: Me to Best View
Please refund my money- Thank you! I will greatly appreciate you doing this kind gesture for me!
Jan9 @ 742am: Best View to me
I will do that.
Jan 9 @ 744am: Me to Best View
Thanks! Will it be done today? Mid-morning, afternoon, end of the day? I do appreciate it!
Jan9 @ 747am: Best View to me
I can do it later today. I have some meeting with my regular job, so whwn I get off I wi do it.
Jan 9 @ 807am: Me to Best View
Thanks- please do the right thing and return my $150- that's all I am asking!
Jan 10 @ 416am: Me to Best View
(My sarcasm-laced email)
Thank you so much for following through on your promise to return my $150. Im one step closer to seeing Duke play at Cameron. Now, I can pay my remaining bills, buy gas, fill prescriptions, and buy remaining groceries for the month. Thank you so much for doing the one thing I requested on my ad- to scam me! Without "meeting" you this week my life would have been normal- kinda boring. I have one thing to do for you- PRAY! What's that? You dont believe in prayer? From my lips to God's ears: I pray for your soul to be saved-living in this type of darkness must weigh u down; I pray for God to soften ur heart- you are robbing humans not robots of their livelihood; I pray for eyes- may God reveal the level of despair you have placed upon the many people u prey upon. I'll pray for u till you have no choice but to hate that person you see in the mirror. You messed with a prayer warrior! Pray without ceasing- I shall do that!
Jan 10@ 715am: Best View to me
I reversed the transaction last night.
Jan 11 @ 452am: Me to Best View
I'll see if that's true by Monday morning... "Premature" thanks for this gesture- A full thank you by Monday, I hope!
Jan 11@ 803am: Best View to me
Ok. Please let me know.
Jan 13 @ 659am: Me to Best View
Quick question? This morning, I was told by an Amazon rep that the $150 was claimed immediately on 1/8/14... Did that amount ever reach your bank account? Also, I was told that as soon as a refund is initiated there is confirmation of that initiation sent to my webpay account and email. Plus, the refund only takes a full day I have not received such confirmation. So, what's the story now? :-/
Jan 13@ 702am: Best View to me
No it never reached my bank. I returned the payment back.
Jan 13 @ 106pm: Me to Best View
Im not sure if u realize that Amazon rep(s) are able to see everything. The information I was given was to check with you to make sure that there was indeed a refund initiated. There's no evidence of any initiation of a refund. I'm not calling u a liar but telling me the correct information is essential. I'm just telling you what I was told!
Jan 13@ 118pm: Best View to me
I can call amazon and see what is going on. I hit the return button that is beside the payment. Let me see what I can find out
Jan 13 @ 136pm: Me to Best View
Please do! Thanks...
Jan 14 @ 615am: Me to Best View
Sooooooo- what did you find out? Did the magic "link" that you clicked on to return my money have a faulty connection?
Honestly, I have to admit the last few email exchanges have been pure humor for me! The thought of you thinking that I'm buying into the return of my $150 must have made your day! Almost like the thought of you getting the full $700 and not producing any Duke vs NC tickets would have been the best outcome for you. Sadly, for just a mere $150 is the amount of your character- Sorry, I'm kinda judging you- I shouldn't do that! Seriously, I'm about to end all this and do my own thing- Truth is, everyone messes up- they misstep- Be careful cause I feel like your "luck" is running out! Dang it, there I go judging, again! My sincere apologies
I'm about done listening to all your shenanigans...
Jan 14 @ 6:18 AM: Best View to Me
I had it reversed. And it shows being reversed
Jan 14 at 7:03 AM: Me to Best View
Btw... A snap shot/screen shot could be proof/evidence that this was done! We live in a world of super cool technology! Unless ur computer can't do that type of performance- Humor me :-)
Jan 15 at 5:39 AM: Me to Best View
No response to a snap shot/screen shot of the link showing that it shows the infamous reversal? No worries, today is the last day you'll hear from me! I'm all about "lucky #7" Tomorrow will be exactly a week of beautiful promises made by you to me- filled with something smelly on the side! So, in advance, Happy ONE WEEK anniversary of making me step into something smelly! :-D
Life's a beautiful thing!
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