OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt issued a warning Tuesday to fans purchasing tickets to NBA Finals games and other popular events.

"Major events like the NBA Finals bring an increased risk of fraud and scams involving fake tickets," Pruitt said. "We want everyone to enjoy the events and their time in Oklahoma City and not become a victim of fraud."

Ticket buyers need to beware of online ticket ads and tickets sold by someone other than reputable dealers. Unsuspecting buyers typically aren't aware tickets are fraudulent until they are denied entry into the game.

The Attorney General's Public Protection Unit provides the following tips to avoid fraud:

  • Do some research – know the price of tickets and be familiar with the seating chart;
  • Only purchase from reputable sources;
  • Ask to see the seller's original invoice from when the tickets were purchased;
  • Try to meet the seller in person in a public place during the day;
  • If you are purchasing online, use either a credit card or a PayPal account, both offer some protection if tickets are fake;
  • Don't send cash or wire money to someone you don't know;
  • Never be afraid to ask questions or request information.

To report suspected fraud or scams, contact the AG's Public Protection Unit at (405) 521-2029, (918) 581-2885 or contact local law enforcement.