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Masters travelers get ripped-off with fake tournament packages

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Who wouldn't want to spend a week on the green then at night in a 4-star hotel? That's what several travelers were expecting when they booked a "Masters Week Package" including badges to the tournament and stay at the Augusta Marriott downtown, a deal worth thousands of dollars.

"We kind of open our eyes going, 'We don't have any Masters tickets and we don't have a room for ya,'" said Darryl Leech, Vice President and General Manager at the Augusta Marriott downtown.

Leech says dozens of people have been calling to confirm their trip, saying they booked with a golf management company here in Augusta; the Marriott says they have no association with any such group.

"This is just an area where somebody figured out, 'OK, this is how I can make some money and scam the public."

With all the websites, emails and phone calls it might be difficult to tell if you're getting the real deal? We spoke with a travel agency on ways you can protect your pockets when booking a trip.

"If somebody calls you instead of you calling them, or you get some random email, you know those are ways to kind of spot, maybe if someone is trying to scam you," said Maraget Centers, owner of Margaret's Travel.

Centers has been a travel agent for more than 30 years. She advises travelers to book their trips with a credit card, so you can get your money back if you've been sold a phony vacation.

"I feel like probably several will show up next week expecting rooms and tickets that we don't have," Leech said.

 

If you think you may have been sold a false vacation package, you can call the Marriott Hotel in downtown Augusta at

(706) 722-8900
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