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A local woman who was ripped off after trying to buy tickets to Sunday’s big Colts game got the surprise of her life Friday, when FOX59 came to her door with new tickets from an anonymous donor.

The victim, Jamie Graf of Fishers, had wanted to surprise her brother for his birthday and bought three tickets on Craigslist, for $300 a piece.

But soon she found out it was all a scam.

“I went ahead and did the Moneygram and waited for him,” she said. “He didn’t respond. I started getting a suspicious feeling so I called Moneygram and they said the money had already been received.”

But the tickets? She never got them. The seller and his posting disappeared from the web.

“I am upset,” Graf said. “I’ve been saving money. This was a surprise for my brother for his birthday and my best friend from out of town, so we just feel kind of out in the dark right now.”

But then, an anonymous donor stepped forward with three lower-level tickets for Graf and her family.

“I’m so thrilled,” said Graf. “I really can’t thank whoever this was enough. I’m just super happy there are sweet people out there who care enough to donate.”

Graf was in tears as she called her brother to share the news – but this time they were tears of joy.

“I’m extremely excited. It’s probably the best present anybody could ever ask for,” Graf’s brother Tommy said. “That’s got to be one of the nicest acts anybody could do especially being anonymous doing that, that’s just awesome.”

Fishers police are still investigating. IMPD just issued a warning to fans Wednesday about the dangers of buying tickets online.

Colts officials recommend fans purchase through the NFL Ticket Exchange, where ticket purchases can be verified to protect the buyer.