Date
26 March 2017
The caller offered a two-night stay at a luxury hotel in Macau, including free lunch buffets, for only HK$2,588. Photos: Bloomberg, Sina.com
The caller offered a two-night stay at a luxury hotel in Macau, including free lunch buffets, for only HK$2,588. Photos: Bloomberg, Sina.com

Police probe Macau hotel, K-pop concert fraud cases

Police are investigating two suspected cases of fraud, in which the supposed victims said they did not get what they paid for. 

In the first case, a man said he received a call from someone offering a stay at a five-star hotel in Macau for a bargain price, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

He said the caller offered a two-night hotel package that includes free lunch buffets for only HK$2,588.

He readily accepted the offer and paid with his credit card right on the phone.

He did not realize he had been swindled until he called the number he had been given to make a reservation but failed to get through.

Police said it would try to contact the hotel in question and listed the case as a miscellaneous one.

Following up on the case, an HKEJ reporter found that a five-star hotel in Macau has issued a warning against phone scams on its homepage.

The hotel warned that it is not offering the preferential rates mentioned by the caller and scam artists may have been using its name to victimize people.

In another case, a fan club of K-pop group Seventeen said at least 80 of its members paid a total of HK$90,000 to a man who promised to deliver tickets to the group’s concert.

However, they did not get the tickets for the concert, which was held at the Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Centre on Sunday.

The fans had paid HK$500 to more than HK$1,000 plus a “processing fee” of HK$20 per ticket.

They ended up missing the concert.

Police listed the case as “request for police assistance”.

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