Police have arrested three people in their 20s suspected of cheating local fans of South Korean boy band Big Bang out of HK$300,000 (US$38,680).
The trio are accused of lying to their victims that they could buy tickets on their behalf for the band’s concerts early this month in Seoul, Apple Daily reported Friday.
A man, surnamed Li, and two women, surnamed Tsang and Lee, were arrested at their homes in Sheung Shui and Tin Shui Wai on Thursday morning by inspectors from the New Territories North regional crime unit.
Police seized used tickets for previous concerts by the five-man band, leading them to believe that the trio were also fans and had attended the band’s concerts in Seoul before.
The investigation was launched after police started receiving reports of ticket fraud on March 7.
Sixty people, aged between 15 and 43, including 55 Hongkongers and people from mainland China, Taiwan, Macau and Malaysia, told police they paid online for the tickets but never received them.
Most of them were students, office clerks and housewives, the report said.
The Hong Kong fans said they were told to transfer money to a bank account before flying to Seoul to collect their tickets, only to discover they had been cheated when the sellers failed to show up.
One woman said she paid HK$7,480 for tickets to attend two of the Big Bang concerts.
She said her excitement when she landed in Seoul turned into a nightmare.
Chief inspector Li Suk-yee said there may be more than 60 victims, as about 180 tickets were involved.
She urged others who had also fallen victim to the scam to contact police
The officer reminded the public to beware when making online transactions.
Under the law, a person who obtains property by deception may be jailed for up to 10 years.
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