LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — British boy band sensation One Direction performed one of four sold-out shows at the Staples Center Wednesday night, but a mother-daughter duo nearly wasn’t able to watch the guys on stage after falling for an online ticket scam.

Simi Valley mom Michelle Williamson was set on surprising her 12-year-old, Olivia, with tickets to the Los Angeles show.

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“Sometimes you do things for your kids and it was kind of a desperate, ‘Oh My God, am I even going to get tickets for this show?’” she said.

The mother said she thought she found a deal with two floor seats for $450 on Craigslist. Despite her gut feeling that something was wrong, she handed the seller cash.

“I sat in my car and as I looked at the tickets, (the ticket sellers) were gone, so it wasn’t like I had an opportunity to say, ‘Hey, I’m feeling weird about this,’” Williamson said.

Ecstatic about the concert, Olivia posted a video on Instagram.

“My mom just surprised me with One Direction tickets. This is the best day of my life,” she said.

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The tickets, however, were fake, and Olivia was crushed.

“They’re my favorite band and they’re not exactly just a band, they’re a lot more than that,” she said.

Williamson said she filed a police report, but was told there’s virtually no way to get her money back.

She’s now warning other parents of the scam.

“To do what I did is not even safe, and I got totally ripped off, and I’m really angry,” said Williamson.

KCAL9’s Andrea Fujii reported that even though all the One Direction shows were sold out, the group released a limited number of extra seats. Olivia and her mother were able to snatch tickets for the show.

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“I just really, really want to see them, really bad,” said Olivia.