High schoolers were promised a trip to Universal Studios, but Oklahoma seniors were ripped off

A high school class from Oklahoma has been fundraising all year long to take a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida, but the day of their flight, they learn they’ve been ripped off.

The Oklahoma Union High School graduating class traveled to Springfield, Missouri, this week for their flight, according to a Facebook post. Their plane tickets, however, were illegitimate.

“Upon arrival at Springfield-Branson National Airport, we discovered that we had recently been scammed by hackers who linked their number to Allegiant Airlines,” a Facebook post from May 18 read.

Brenda Taylor, the school district superintendent, told KTUL that school officials have been in contact with those they believe to be Allegiant officials for months, and even received confirmation of their flights. About forty students were to take part in the trip.

A parent said it was ‘heartbreaking’ to find out teenagers couldn’t take the long-awaited tripreported KJRH.

“You kind of go out with your senior year with a bang, with a group of kids that you spent the last 13 years with and they’re all like family to have it all…just gone, taken away from you,” Shaunda said. Anderson at the station.

Instead, the city of Springfield came out strong for teens. The school said on Facebook that they had free access to National Museum of Wildlife Wonders and Aquarium. Bass Pro Shops also donated hats and gift cards to students.

“Thank you, Springfield! the school wrote on Facebook with a photo of the class in their hats and a sign welcoming them to the aquarium.

In a statement to KTUL, Allegiant said he was “very sorry” the students were scammed and said it would help with any investigation.

“Bad actors advertising fraudulent phone numbers and websites, posing as legitimate travel services, or even posing as airlines, are common in the industry,” the airline said in a statement. the press release. “Unfortunately, these scams have increased throughout the pandemic (COVID-19).”

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