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“Thank you for your service:” Brown Deer police gift Packers, Badgers tickets to veteran who was scammed

BROWN DEER -- After a local veteran was scammed, her money stolen after she tried to purchase tickets to the Packers vs. Cowboys game at Lambeau Field set for October 16th for her fiance's birthday, Brown Deer police donated replacement Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers tickets to her -- and thanked her for her service.

Brown Deer police posted the heartwarming video to Twitter on Wednesday, September 7th.

Nicole Hoffmann was brought to tears by the gesture.

"I lost it. I'm still trying not to...it's...I mean..." Hoffmann said.

She received two tickets to a Packers game, and two tickets to a Badgers game.

"It's not the Dallas game, but it's two weeks later, so hopefully that's close enough to your fiance's birthday," an officer says in the video.

A group of Brown Deer police officers stopped by Hoffmanns home to hand-deliver the tickets and thank this veteran for her service. The officers and some people close to the officers came together to make the donation possible.

Brown Deer police tell FOX6 News Hoffman initially tried to purchase the Packers tickets via Craigslist. She sent checks for between $500 and $600 to the seller, which were cashed, and she never received the tickets.

"I felt so embarrassed. I still feel embarrassed. I sent her $550. I try to have faith that there's nice people in the world and I just became a dummy to the scam," Hoffmann said.

This scam was reported to Brown Deer police on September 3rd.

"It just kind of bothered me," Brown Deer Police Officer Nick Anderson said. "It didn't sit well with me."

Officer Anderson took it upon himself to make this right.

"Couple of phone calls, a couple of text messages," Anderson said.

Through friends' donations, he was able to get four tickets for Hoffmann -- two for a Packers game, and two for a Badgers game.

"It`s a small gesture. It`s really not the debt that we owe our veterans.  This is nothing," Anderson said.

Hoffmann said that 'small gesture' is something she'll never forget.

"It gives me faith again that there are good people out there," Hoffmann said.

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