By Rusty Surette, NEWS 9
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Someone is using the Oklahoma City Thunder's name and reputation to scam people out of money.
Betty Hampton has suffered through tough times recently, losing her 82-year-old mother to cancer. Hampton said she needed a break from the growing stress in her life, but said she turned down a tempting offer for a free vacation.
"I said, ‘Well honey, I'm not interested in no vacation or traveling at this point,'" Hampton said.
The offer came from a woman who called Hampton, claiming to be a Thunder representative. The unknown caller told Hampton she won a trip to Cancun, Mexico.
Hampton described what the caller said to reel her in.
"The other night after the game, we asked people to put a name of a friend on the ticket and they would have a drawing," Hampton said. "She said, ‘Your name was picked to have a vacation.'"
Hampton had a gut feeling it was a scam and called the real Thunder team who confirmed her suspicions.
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Mahoney said the only people they call are season ticket holders, but it's not for free trips.
Hampton said she hopes her story will serve as a warning to others.
"Don't settle for it," Hampton said. "Don't get your hopes up, because it's going to be a flop quicker than anything."
The Thunder said they are very thankful Hampton gave them a heads up on the scam, and gave Hampton several free tickets for an upcoming game as a sign of appreciation.
The Better Business Bureau said consumers should always remember if they stumble across an offer or prize that seems too good to be true, it usually is.