49ers fans hold signs prior to the NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.
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A Bay Area couple say they sent $5,900 to a man they met on Craigslist in exchange for four seats to Super Bowl XLVII. But when their FedEx package arrived, there were no tickets inside, only a taunting message that said, "Enjoy the game! Go Ravens!"
In a satisfying twist, the couple will still go to the game, thanks to separate ticket donations from the 49ers and Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard.
Sharon Osgood told the San Jose Mercury News that she and her boyfriend contacted a man selling tickets on Craigslist last week. They spoke to him for days, believed him to be an investment banker whose wife was eight months pregnant and wired him $5,900 for four seats. Their plan was to drive to the game in an RV with some family members.
On Monday, the 49ers season-ticket holders received a FedEx package with "Go Ravens" written all over and a flyer inside that featured pictures of Colin Kaepernick and Ray Lewis. The taunting note was written underneath. It was punctuated with an "LOL."
"We pooled all our money together to do this so we can go, and then to get scammed like this, it's just the worst feeling in the whole wide world," Osgood told the newspaper before receiving the gifted tickets. "The past 24 hours have been the worst, because we just trusted this guy and we thought it was going to be OK."
The couple's sob story was printed in the Mercury News and gained national attention. They still planned to go to the game, even if they had to watch from somewhere outside the Superdome. But that was before Ticketmaster and the Niners stepped in to save the day.
Osgood said she was grateful for the gift. Her RV was scheduled to leave the Bay Area on Tuesday.
Chris Chase, USA TODAY Sports