Now I’m not one to judge a book by its cover, but if I met these guys trying to sell me Taylor Swift tickets, I might be a little bit suspicious. Just sayin’.
According to Nashville’s Metro Police Department’s Fraud Unit, they have been busy investigating at least 15 suspected cases of counterfeit ticket sales to Taylor Swift’s two sold out shows last weekend at Bridgestone Arena.
The first two people arrested for suspicion of peddling bogus Taylor Swift tickets are 18-year-old Kenny Ramirez (left picture above) and 21-year-old Amado Guzman (right picture above).
Police say that they arrested Ramirez on Thursday after he allegedly sold four tickets to Swift’s concert for $520 to a couple who had responded to a Craigslist ad. They bought the tickets but realized when they got home that they were fake. Police then set up a sting and Ramirez, apparently greedy on all that Taylor Swift dough, allegedly sold four more fake tickets to the swindled couple who were now working with police.
He’s now charged with theft of property and attempted criminal simulation. Attempted criminal simulation sounds kind of dirty, don’t you think?
Funny enough, on Friday relatives of the first victims saw the same tickets for sale on Craigslist and contacted the seller. Police were then called into action and ended up arresting Amado Guzman for the same criminal simulation.
Apparently criminals don’t keep in touch too well.
Seriously, it’s 2015, isn’t there some sort of app out there that buyers can use to scan a ticket to determine if it’s real or fake? If there’s not, there really should be.