By Deon Guillory, WJBF GMA Weekend Anchor/Reporter - email
Augusta, GA -
Golf patrons are doing anything they can to get Masters badges, while crooks are looking to score in the process.
But when trying to make sure you're getting legit badges for the Masters, knowledge is power.
The Masters is the worlds biggest golf tournament and having a badge is the holy grail.
If you're trying to save a few bucks on yours, there are people out there who are trying to take your hard earned money.
"If they are not buying it directly from the Augusta National, then I would use great caution," said Captain Scott Gay of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
Gay says with such a global sporting event in our back yard, crooks are ready to make a quick buck.
"Because the tickets are at a limited number, that people are going to try anything that they can," said Gay.
Gay suggests its best you buy your badges from someone you know to avoid any shady situations.
Gay said, "If you're going to meet somebody, behind a store, and you're taking 2 to 3 thousand dollars cash with you, that's not very smart."
He also warns about going online to buy badges. In 2013, News Channel 6 told you about several people who were scammed when they bought Masters packages online that included a hotel room and a badge to the tournament.
Gay said, "And if you do not know this person and they don't have a reputation with somebody, then chances are that it is fraudulent."
Gay explains if it's too good to be true, it's best to stay away.
"We're just asking people to use a lot of common sense when they're buying tickets," said Gay.
Doing that could still get you to the green at Augusta National, without losing all the green in your wallet.
Captain Gay goes on to say these scams are very common. He also warns using websites like Craigslist to buy badges because the postings aren't always legit. It's suggested you use sites that are known for sporting events.