The Giving Back Fund is a charity that works with actors, artists, athletes, and more to help give back to the community. This past Super Bowl however, they were scammed out of four Super Bowl tickets worth about $50,000!
According to Billboard, a scammer contacted the nonprofit pretending to be the manager of English pop star Ed Sheeran. The man offered the charity an exclusive performance from Ed himself at the charity’s Super Bowl event in exchange for four VIP Super Bowl tickets. To really sell the scam, the man even created a fake contract which included a forged signature from Sheeran.
While the scammer met with charity officials before the Super Bowl to receive the tickets, they never saw him again and could not get back in touch when it was time for Sheeran to perform. Once they realized they’d been scammed, officials contacted the police who informed that that the man had already resold the tickets.
As it turns out, Sheeran also wasn’t even in the country at the time because he was on tour in Australia.
If caught, the perpetrator could face felony charges for the scam.