It can be taken as an article of faith that one should always be skeptical of ticket scalpers lurking outside of an event venue, but must we also be careful of trusted sources?
Unfortunately, this is the case for the people who had the misfortune of meeting Michael William Boyd, 44, of Brookhaven, who the Delaware County Times is reporting as having used a phony third-party ticket seller to cheat nine acquaintances and co-workers out of thousands of dollars.
According to the paper, he allegedly sold them fake Eagles and Phillies tickets, netting himself some $12,540.
Investigators were tipped off by coworkers who did business with Boyd’s alter ego “Bill Carey,” who was available only via email, and whose phone number Boyd refused to divulge. A few people had been burned by Carey. Then Boyd quit his job.
Some basic IP address research led authorities to Boyd’s former employer and, soon thereafter, Boyd himself.