Impostor scams Blanchard man, two friends out of $300 for Thunder tickets

Oklahoma City Thunder officials are looking into a ticket scam after an unidentified man was able to get three people past security and ticket-takers and into suite-level seats.
by Adam Kemp Published: March 6, 2013
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“We watched most of the first quarter but then the people with those tickets showed up and I knew we had been scammed,” Harrison said. “When we tried to find the guy after that, he was nowhere to be found.”

Harrison said he reported the incident to the arena staff and was told they would look into it, but he would have to leave since he didn't have tickets.

Dan Mahoney, the Thunder's vice president of corporate and community relations, said Wednesday no one should be able to get past the turnstiles without a ticket, escorted or not.

“I've never heard of anything like this,” he said. “You shouldn't buy tickets from someone off the street. The only safe and authentic way is through the Thunder ticket office and resale options, but we'd still like to know more about how they got into the building and past security.”

Mahoney said the arena staff will check video surveillance from Tuesday's game to try and identify the man who took the money from Harrison.

Harrison said he knows he should've been more cautious and doesn't expect a refund, but he hopes his experience can serve as a warning for others.

“It is my fault that we never did get handed tickets,” he said. “I just want to help see that it doesn't happen to anyone else.”

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by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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