Sisters: Scammers sold us fake tickets to Lady Gaga concert

TACOMA, Wash. -- There's only one superstar who can make Pearl Reid practically pass out: Lady Gaga.

"I love her. I can't even explain how much I love her. Like," she said, pausing to gasp, "it's crazy!"

So when Gaga announced she'd play the Tacoma Dome, Pearl and her twin sister, Annie Reid, knew they had to be there, and they had to beat the rush.

"She (Pearl) was researching places to get tickets, and she found this site with like pre-sale tickets," Annie said. "We thought, 'Yeah! Get 'em before they get sold out.' We got tickets in the nosebleeds for an outrageous amount of money."

The sisters paid more than $450 for two seats through a ticket broker called I Concert Tickets. They were told the tickets would arrive in the mail on Jan. 7.

But since then, they've learned the company doesn't exist.

"This is a multi-billion dollar industry, and there are a lot of legitimate second-hand ticket sellers out there," said David Quinlan of the Better Business Bureau. "But then you're going to find your scumbags and your scammers, because they don't care that this is a big day for you; they want your money."

It's a scam the BBB sees every year with big concerts and big sporting events. With the Seahawks in the playoffs, ticket brokers are just as busy gearing up for the game.

If you want seats, the BBB says to stick with established sellers like Ticketmaster, Stubhub and PrimeSport. The Seahawks say the only approved ticket reseller for their games is NFL Ticket Exchange.

Look for the "lock" symbol so you know you're on a secure website. And shop around.

Annie and Pearl just assumed they'd have to pay a lot to see their idol.

"Because she's really popular, we were kind of expecting it to be really expensive," Annie said. "It was worth it. It was definitely worth it."

Until the tickets never arrived.

Pearl and Annie have since purchased legitimate tickets in a much better section for a much lower price.

But they want other fans to buy with caution.