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Rip-Off Alert: Scam artist targets golf fans looking to attend The Masters

A scam artist targeted many golf fans looking to attend The Masters. (KSNV file)

It's a "bucket list" kind of vacation ... the kind so many are willing to pay for.

However, a weekend at a major golf tournament proved to be a "major hazard" for one woman.

"I had been entering The Masters' ticket lottery for years now, I think five or six years. My husband's number one on his bucket list is go to The Masters," said fraud victim Kerry Adams.

Adams was thrilled when she won two tickets to the practice round of the elite golf tournament, The Masters.

Now, she wanted to find tickets to the competition rounds.

"Basically found a ticket broker who seemed super credible. He asked me to call him on the phone. We talked on the phone at length multiple times," said Adams.

She purchased the tickets and was told the broker would give them to her the day before in Augusta, but that didn't happen.

"Getting worried as the day is progressing and finally at 8:30 at night, we get a response from a fictitious -- now we know -- fictitious sister saying that he was in a horrific car accident … he was in a coma and hanging on for his life," said Adams.

Adams, who is also a nurse, thought something was strange about the email.

"I called the state police first and they had no reports of an accident. I called every county, no accidents reported," said Adams.

Now she was angry and prompted police to visit his Washington D.C. home. Turns out, he was fine.

"We found out he had scammed 22 people that day. Said he had tickets for all of these people and didn't have tickets for anyone," said Adams.

The broker claimed he was supposed to be able to acquire more tickets but couldn't. He returned the cost of the tickets to the victims, but Adams' losses were emotional and financial.

"We did a house rental for a week from a guy and, you know, if we had just known we were going for the practice rounds, we wouldn't have kept it for three extra nights," said Adams.

Postal inspectors say the best thing to do is to report it to authorities and don't be afraid to share your experience online.

"In this case, the victim went online and posted comments about this individual and company which was a warning to other consumers," said U.S. Postal Inspector Marydith Newman.

Before you think about sending money, do some research.

See if there are any complaints; it is probably the best way to decide if you still want to do business.

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