BuzzFeedVideo recently released a video on YouTube where a woman describes a truly bizarre series of events that occurred to her and made her think she was accidentally part of a scam:
- In college, she was invited to an event where you would be paid $20 if you show your ID. She attended and was indeed paid $20.
- She later got a phone call informing her she was selected to move on in the process (no specifications of what process) and attended a similar event where she was given $100 for showing her ID.
- After that, she got a phone call where she was informed she was selected out of everyone else. She was then informed to meet at a certain street intersection at a specified time.
- She went to the designated place at the designated time and was given an envelop filled with $7000 and was told she was about to attend a meeting where exclusive tickets to upcoming sports events were to be sold. She was given a list of dates to buy tickets for with the money.
- She went to the nearby sports stadium and was taken to a secret room, where lots of men in suits were also buying tickets.
- She was the only one paying in cash.
- The fact that she was paying in cash appeared to raise some red flags for those selling.
I feel like I can usually identify how scams work when hearing the details like this, but I cannot understand where the scam is here, why the person in the video was needed or how she was selected, or even what was going on with the seemingly shady sale of sports tickets. I was hoping someone could describe how the events are at least plausible by explaining:
- What was going on with the tickets? Why were they being sold in a shady way?
- Why did the people need to select someone to go for them to the meeting?
- Why was their selection process so bizarre? It seems they invest a lot of money in the selection process itself, why was it necessary to vet so many people?
- Why did the fact that she was paying in cash raise flags?
(Note: I had posted this to Skeptics SE, but they helped me realize what the question I was trying to ask actually was and better suited for this site, so if you think you had seen this question before over on that site you probably had.)