She wanted to go to a K-Pop concert but got a ticket to 'hell' instead

Hoodwinked: (Seated, from left) Chong, Koh and Chan during a press conference at the MCA Public Services and Complaints Department. (Standing, from left) MCA Public Services and Complaints Department legal advisor P. Y. Leong and Koh’s father.

KUALA LUMPUR - A syndicate has been making good use of social media to dupe unsuspecting users into buying concert tickets.

A 21-year-old student, who only wished to be known as Koh, said she was scammed out of RM180 (S$58).

"I wanted to go for a mini-concert by the K-Pop group Rookie in Mutiara Damansara on April 23.

"I posted a comment on the event's official Facebook page, expressing my wish to buy a ticket on March 31.

"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 told reporters at the MCA Public Services and Complaints Depart­ment yesterday.

She then booked a ticket and banked in RM180 to the account of one Tan You Shen.

"I received WhatsApp messages from Tan saying that the ticket could only be collected if I bought another two.

"He kept insisting that I bank in another RM360," Koh said, adding that she then suspected something was amiss.

Tan told her to bank in the cash and that another buyer, Amy, would bank in the money back to her.

"When I refused, Tan and Amy kept harassing me and even threatened to expose me and my family as conmen. I then lodged a police report," Koh said.

Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong said five similar cases occurred last year.

"I believe the same syndicate is involved.

"Two ladies were cheated of RM2,241 last year when they bought tickets to two events," he said, adding that three others were nearly duped as well.

Ticket Charge chief executive officer Kinnix Chan advised the public to deal directly with the organisers and authorised ticketing agents.

"If you have doubts, contact the organiser directly,'' she said.