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.READ MORE: Police Search For Driver Who Killed Bicyclist In North Hills
“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.READ MORE: LA Teachers Union Votes To Reject State's Plan To Return To In-Person Learning
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.MORE NEWS: 'Asians With Attitude' Movement Shows Solidarity With Asian-American Community In Rowland Heights
“I just really, really want to see them, really bad,” said Olivia.