Not all of the folks arriving for the Masters tournament are getting everything they say they were promised. Here's a warning about a possible scam involving travel packages for the Masters.
Since most of the people who come to The Masters are from out of town, they book their rooms and purchase their badges on the internet. But at least a dozen out-of-towners may have been ripped-off... spending thousands of dollars on hotel rooms and badges that don't exist.
The management at the Augusta Marriott says a dozen people have called the hotel, trying to confirm reservations that don't exist. General Manager Darryl Leech says the callers told Marriott staff that they booked their stay through the website AugustaGolfManagement.com. Leech says the Marriott has nothing to do with that website. We asked the Richmond County Sheriff's Office if any travelers had filed a complaint yet.
"What happens with a situation like this is we won't find out about till right when it happens. For example, when the tourist comes in and goes to check in, boom, that's when they are going to learn. So it's a large possibility we might receive some of those calls this weekend," says Sgt. Michael McDaniel.
The Marriott says that one caller said he purchased 30 Masters packages from the website for $110,000. The customer told hotel staff that the packages included a hotel room and a badge to the tournament. We went to AugustaGolfManagement.com, but the website seems to be down.
We looked up the whois registration information for the owner of AugustaGolfManagement.com, but that information was made private. So we called the web hosting company and they told us they could only give us the owner's information if we had a court order.
Marriott staff says they are concerned people will show up expecting to have a room. If that happens, the best thing to do is to file a police report.
"More than likely the incident occurred in another state, in another jurisdiction, but they can file a report here, what we call a miscellaneous report. Which is going to show that they are who they are. This is them, this is their name, their date of birth, their social security number. It's going to confirm that they were here, they came here, and fell victim here to something that happened in another state," says McDaniel.
McDaniel says that they do see a lot of credit card and checking account fraud during this time of year. He says the best thing for people to do is to always monitor their accounts.
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