Bieber fever will invade Houston in less than a week when Justin Bieber takes center stage at Toyota Center on Oct. 30. But some young Houston fans won't be at the show because the tickets their parents bought turned out to be counterfeit.
Yajaira Covarrubias scoured Craigslist looking for tickets so her daughter could see Justin Bieber in concert.
"I was blinded, I was just so excited I couldn't wait to see the expression on her face," Covarrubias told Local 2.
She saw an ad from a man who said he had a pair of tickets. She met him, paid $300 and then found out the tickets were fake.
"I called the Toyota Center the next business day to confirm my seats and the seats didn't even exist," Covarrubias said.
Yesenia Alvarez almost got duped into the same scam.
"He was going to give me for $300 for two tickets, so it seemed like a good deal," Alvarez explained.
Alvarez says she met the same guy at a Walmart in Spring and got suspicious.
"And I didn't want to buy the tickets, and he kind of got upset and cussed and then left," she said.
Local 2's Gary Striewski also found ads from the same guy on Craigslist, so he called and sent text messages. The man agreed to sell two tickets to Striewski for $35, but never showed up for the exchange.
The Better Business Bureau has some tips for anyone buying concert or sporting event tickets on the secondary market.\
- Ask to see the seller’s original invoice from when the tickets were purchased.
- Ask the seller how he or she may be contacted after the sale.
- If the seller is evasive, don't pursue the offer.
- If you are purchasing online, use either a credit card or a Paypal account. Both of those options offer some protection if the tickets are fake.