August 7 2010 by Ellen Roseman
You’re dying to go to Paul McCartney’s concert in Toronto on Aug. 8 and 9, but the seats you want are sold out. So you try the resale market for tickets.
You find an ad on Craigslist for four tickets at $150 each. That’s a great price, you think. The seller is a flight attendant for British Air, who had a last-minute schedule change and can’t get to the concert after all.
You check her out and decide to go ahead. But the tickets never arrive in Canada, even though you’re given a tracking number with the British Royal Mail.
Barb’s story, which you can read below, shows how easy it is to get swindled by a stranger with a good story. In future, Barb says, she’ll heed the Craigslist warnings to deal only with sellers she can talk to on the phone and meet in person.
Carol also told me about her elderly dad, who took his new iPhone on an overseas trip. He needed help with his reception problems, but didn’t realize the device’s roaming feature had been turned on. Of course, he faced a big bill later, which I was able to get reduced.
Travelling with smart phones can be expensive, as Carol’s story shows. I’d welcome advice from readers on how to cut costs, such as unlocking the phone and buying a SIM card in the country you’re visiting.
I covered this topic a few years ago, but I’m wondering if things have changed.