Beware: Phillies ticket scam

PHILADELPHIA - October 23, 2009


The Chapnick and Hirsch families were planning on being at Wednesday's National League Championship clinching game to enjoy the festivities in person.

"I was super excited. I've been a Phillies since I was 5 years old," Bill Hirsch said.

Patti Chapnick had found four tickets on Craigslist for $200 apiece; she met the seller Jim face to face. Though he seemed like a nice guy, Patti still did some checking.

"[I checked] his license, his cell phone, I called Citizens Bank Park," Patti Chapnick said.


With no red flags, she handed over the cash and headed to the ballpark. So far, no problems, until she reached the gate.

"We put the ticket right into the computer and the guy said, sorry these don't work," Bill Hirsch said.

The four shiny tickets were counterfeits.

A big lesson learned here is dealing with a stranger, whether outside the Park or on Craigslist, is risky business.

"I would never go on to the site again for anything because I would fear danger lurks there," Bill said.

If you are thinking about buying World Series tickets know who you are dealing with. offers guarantees, so do reputable local brokers like ABC Tickets in Cherry Hill, which has been around for decades.

"Always deal with a license and bond broker, use a credit card if you can and make sure you know who you are buying from," ticket broker Tom Quinn said.

Bill Hirsch said he was not alone as there were many fraudulent tickets at the box office on Wednesday.


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