It was the story too good to be true - and it was.
News websites were running a story saying that a mum put her daughter's One Direction tickets on eBay after she got fed up with her 'lippy attitude'.
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But Fairfax Media has established that the bizarre advert which saw the tickets seemingly rise to unconfirmed bids of $42,000 was a hoax.
A spokesman for eBay said that the listing occurred after the vendor's account was accessed without authorisation.
The seller, who was based in the Queensland town of Emerald, apparently listed the tickets for next month's Sydney concert after falling out with her daughter to whom she had given four tickets as a birthday present.
News organisations were duped by what appeared to be the mother's personal tirade in the auction listing's description.
The listing said: 'You can thank my daughter's self righteous and lippy attitude for their sale. See sweety? And you thought I was bluffing.'
She goes on: 'I hope the scowl on your bitchy little friends' faces when you tell them that your dad and I revoked the gift we were giving you all reminds you that your PARENTS are the ones that deserve love and respect more than anyone. And your silly little pack mentality of taking your parents for fools is one sadly mistaken.
'Anyhow. Your loss [is someone] else's gain who deserves them!
'You may hate me now..... But I don't care. Its my job to raise a responsible adult..not nuture bad habits in my teen age child.'
But not a word of it was true. Shortly after Fairfax alerted the alleged vendor the auction was taken down because the items were 'no longer available'.
eBay said, however, that it was looking into irregularities which saw the price for the tickets go to $42,000 from anonymous bidders with also unusual discussion on social media.
Shortly after being asked to investigate they confirmed that the owner's account had been accessed without authorisation and that further investigation was ongoing.
A spokesman for eBay said: "The person who owned that account never made the listing. There's not much fact at all in the story."
He said most tickets for One Direction are actually selling for less than the original cost.