Mid-South woman admits to national Craigslist scam - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Mid-South woman admits to national Craigslist scam

(WMC-TV) - You've heard it said that if the deal seems too good to be true then it probably isn't.

Some folks in the Mid-South found that out the hard way.

Laura Williams, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of federal wire fraud, bilking more than $80,000 from at least 100 people across the country between 2009 and 2010.

Unsuspecting victims on Craigslist thought they were getting tickets to concerts, theme parks, and other events. They coughed up the money but the tickets never came.

If you look for tickets on Memphis Craigslist, you'll find hundreds of ads.

There are big name concerts, sporting events and other events listed on the site.

Words like "discount," "cheap" and "low prices" grab browsers' attention, but be mindful of scam warnings on the page.

Inside the court documents, investigators say Williams and others advertised tickets they never had.

Williams would give victim-buyers payment information and send them to Wal-Mart and Ace Cash Express stores around the Mid-South for the money.

After she got the cash, the communication stopped, and the tickets never arrived.

I reached out to Williams' attorney for a comment, but the last known number was disconnected.

Action News 5's Andy Wise has advice for protecting yourself against scams on Craigslist here.

You can also find a list of helpful tips from Craigslist's official site here.

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