Going for a concert? Don’t get taken for a ride

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PETALING JAYA: Planning to go for a concert sometime soon? Only buy tickets from official ticket agents, authorities warn amid reports of people being swindled by what they believe is a syndicate.

Ticket Charge CEO Kinnix Chan revealed this at the MCA public services and complaints department yesterday, saying that members of the public should deal directly with organisers and authorised ticketing agents, The Star reported.

“If you have doubts, contact the organiser directly,” she was quoted as saying.

The latest case saw a 21-year-old student who was promised tickets to a K-Pop concert but was instead swindled out of RM180.

According to the daily, the girl, who wanted to be known only as Koh, said she had nearly been conned out of an additional RM360 as well.

Koh said she had posted a comment on the event’s official Facebook page on March 31, informing organisers that she wanted to buy a ticket to the concert which was slated for April 23.

“That day, I received a private Facebook message from a woman who went by the name Wong Mei Kei.

“She claimed that she was an employee of ticketing company Ticket Charge with tickets for sale,” Koh was quoted as saying.

After following instructions to deposit RM180 into the account of an individual named Tan You Shen, Koh said she started receiving WhatsApp messages from Tan, informing her that she could only collect the ticket if she bought another two.

Koh said Tan had told her that another buyer, Amy, would bank in the money back to her. Although she refused, Koh said Tan and Amy continued harassing her, even threatening to expose Koh and her family as “conmen”.

Koh said she has since lodged a police report.

Meanwhile, MCA public services and complaints department head Michael Chong said the case was not an isolated event.

“Five similar cases had occurred last year, and we believe it is the same syndicate involved,” Chong was quoted as saying by The Star.