18 Feb 2017 04:45 PM EST
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Ed Sheeran (Image Source: Eva Rinaldi via Wikimedia Commons)
The New England Patriots seemed to steal the Super Bowl trophy away from the Atlanta Falcons at the end of the game. But that trophy wasn't the only stolen item at the Super Bowl.
A scammer bilked a charity out of their tickets by promising them a performance by Ed Sheeran.
The unnamed scammer pretended to be the singer's agent and placed a phone call to Marc Pollick, the CEO of The Giving Back Fund, a sports-related charity. In return for four premium tickets to the big game, he promised Sheeran would perform at a charity event.
The impostor took this scam further than just a promise. He issued a contract and forged Sheeran's signature. TMZ has landed a copy of it. The contract promised that Sheeran would perform two songs in exchange for four suite tickets to the Super Bowl which carried a value of $50,000.
Reps for the charity met with the scammer before the Super Bowl and gave him the tickets. But Sheeran never showed up at the event, of course, and the four tickets were re-sold to third parties.
The Giving Back Fund realized it had been swindled. Yet if they hadn't been so trusting and had checked Sheeran's schedule before signing the contract and handing over the tickets, they would have seen that he was actually performing in Australia around the time of the Super Bowl.
Perhaps they were just overly eager to believe Sheeran would show up at their event. He just made a comeback in recent weeks after taking over a year off from public view and has just released new singles, even performing one of them at the Grammy Awards this past weekend.
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