WHEN mum-of-six Kirsty Speakman bought tickets to see the world’s biggest boy band back in December, Christmas truly had come early for three of her children.
However, the pop fans have now had their dream of seeing One Direction live in concert smashed by a heartless fraudster who conned them out of £270 on internet auction site, eBay.
Kirsty had been due to take Katie, 11, Harry, eight, and seven-year-old Amber to see the megastars at the Manchester Arena this coming Saturday.
But the tickets never arrived and now Kirsty, from Prenton Gardens, Norcross, is embroiled in a battle with eBay to get her cash back, as well as having to explain to the children why they have been short-changed by Father Christmas.
She said: “They’re absolutely devastated.
“They can’t believe it because they thought we were going to see One Direction and we’ve actually been conned by somebody horrible.
“It’s obvious it’s for children because it’s a One Direction concert, so she’s preyed on the fact it’s children’s Christmas presents.
“If it was for a Rihanna concert you’d know it was for grown ups but apparently it’s been quite common for con artists to do this for One Direction tickets.
“We’ve been playing their CDs for four months in the car and their friends are all going to the concert.
“It’s just been a nightmare and it’s absolutely awful.”
Kirsty, 32, and husband Phillip, 42, also live with 15-year-old Liam, Luke, 11, and three-year-old Lucy.
They have previously used eBay to sell items, but Kirsty says she is now more sceptical about the site.
She said: “We won’t be using it in future for this kind of thing.
“We’ve sold stuff on eBay before with no trouble but obviously it takes another person to abide by the rules.”
A spokesman for eBay said: ““We were sorry to hear of the problem Ms Speakman has experienced and will investigate further. Thousands of successful sales are finalised each day and on the rare occasion that a problem does occur, eBay has established channels in place to help including a dedicated customer service team and eBay Buyer Protection programme.”