When it comes to in-person nonverbal communication, trustworthiness is decided within a tenth of a second. Online, however, trustworthiness is often wrongly assumed without any instance of prior doubt. Assuming everyone online is not operating maliciously can obviously cause serious problems, especially around the World Series.
The Chicago Cubs haven’t won a World Series championship since Teddy Roosevelt was in office in 1908 and the Cleveland Indians haven’t won the final game of the year since the Truman administration in 1948. These two teams are full of exciting young players and the result is a growing popularity in a sport that has steadily been declining for years.
Because of all the excitement over this year’s World Series, people are trying to take advantage of baseball fans on the Internet.
“This is a very exciting time for Cleveland,” said Mike DeWine, Ohio’s Attorney General. “It’s also the kind of environment that’s ripe for scams, unfortunately. We just want Cleveland fans to be able to enjoy every moment of this without getting ripped off.”
According to Canton Rep, after Cleveland defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship series to advance to the World Series, ticket prices significantly shot up. An Ohio resident who tried to buy two tickets ended up losing $280 to a scam artist online.
Sadly, some victims would consider a $280 loss to be a blessing.
Jeff Geld, who lives in Boston, and his brother, who was traveling from Dallas, both grew up in Canton Ohio and they decided to go to the World Series once the Tribe clinched. News 5 reports that the two brothers spent thousands on travel expenses to make it to Cleveland for one game. They found “tickets” online for $900.
“We booked the flights. We found a hotel room. We were sure that we were in,” said Jeff Geld. “But then we were skeptical about it; she said that she was going to set up a third party company called Parcel Flight, and then we would wire money via Western Union to her.
The Gelds soon learned that they were no tickets and the money they had wired was untraceable.
Though they had to spend more than $1,000 to eventually get tickets, they did make it to the World Series to watch Cleveland take game 1.