Houston just one of eight cities dealing with Drake concert dilemma

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- This one just keeps taking one strange turn after another. We first told you the Drake concert scheduled May 17 at the Arena Theater was not going to happen, then we found out Drake was never booked to begin with. Now we are learning seven other cities have advertised Drake concerts that were not real at all.

John Jay Portillo was so excited to see Drake in Houston he bought six tickets during the pre-sale.

"I'm thinking, 'Man, this is going to be better than anything,' because this is like going to a private show because you only have 2,000, 2,500 seats," said Portillo.

Portillo's excitement came crashing down Wednesday after we reported the Drake concert at the Arena Theater was not just on hold, but according to Drake's spokesperson, a case of fraud.

"So when ya'll broke the story yesterday, my son was like, 'Hey, look on Channel 13, they are doing a big story, I told you, I told you.' I was like, OK, I said, 'This is what we will do: We will call the arena tomorrow and we will see what's going on,'" said Portillo.

According to TMZ, Houston is one of eight cities that have seen fake Drake concerts booked by someone not authorized to do so.

Apparently, it happened in Miami as far back as 2010.

Now fans of the rapper are left to wonder how something like this could ever happen.

"It's pretty sad because it is the fans who are the ones to suffer," said Portillo.

The Arena Theater has contacted all the fans that bought pre-sale tickets offering full refunds.

It's not how Fahad Ahmed thought his Drake experience would end when he bought pre-sale tickets 12 days ago.

"I was really excited. I bought it for my brother, you know his birthday was coming up, and I really wanted to surprise him," said Ahmed.

Again, if you bought tickets from the Arena Theater you will get your money back.

We called the theater again Thursday to ask about the news that other venues had been booked for fake Drake concerts and the manger told us to go away, but he added a bad word as well.

If we find out anything more, we will of course bring it to you first.
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