LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- It's a case of derby dreams being shattered, people forking over thousands of dollars for tickets--only to find out--the website DerbyDeals.com was a scam.
Now the case is getting so big--with so many complaints--that both the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's office are involved.
Customers pre-paid for Oaks and Derby tickets months ago; some ranging from a few hundred dollars to seats on Millionaires Row.
The reality hit Thursday night when more than a hundred people from around the world traveled to Louisville only to find the packages they were promised weren't real.
Since then, the Better Business Bureau says it's received so many complaints about DerbyDeals.com the case is now in the hands of the FBI. The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance to identify additional victims of potential fraudulent activity associated with the purchase of tickets or ticket packages from DerbyDeals.com. Anyone who believes they were defrauded by DerbyDeals.com, please contact the Louisville Office of the FBI at Louisville.email@example.com.
The president of Derby Deals, Scott Davis, can't be reached after calls from the WHAS11 newsroom, the Better Business Bureau and his customers.
"Our hope is that by contacting him, he will make the right move, make the right steps, make restitution on those tickets that were not provided and the services that were not provided. And that would resolve the complaints. That would be the best thing to happen. The worst thing to happen would be he doesn't respond," Bruce Gadansky, the vice president of Operations of the BBB, said.
This isn't the first time Scott Davis has been accused of scamming people out of Derby tickets.
WHAS11 reported on the same accusations back in 2010 at which point he claimed the tickets he'd ordered from outside sources did not come in as promised.
Those customers received refunds.