It was an event long-awaited by Jay Chou's Malaysian fans, as the reigning King of Mandopop played to a sold-out crowd on Saturday evening at Stadium Merdeka. However, some ticketholders did not even make it past the security gate.
The evening went sour for several Malaysians who arrived at the concert venue, only to be turned away at the gate. The reason? The tickets sold to them by a third party were actually fake.
One of those who fell victim to the scam was YouTuber Jinnyboy a.k.a. Jin Lim, who paid RM1,500 for two VIP tickets to the sold-out concert only to find out that he'd gotten ripped off
In a post published on Facebook, he wrote, "Was really excited to catch Jay Chou’s sold out show tonight, but unfortunately the tickets sold to my wife is fake.
Long story short this guy contacted my wife saying he has tickets to sell because he couldn’t make it. This really sucks cause we paid quite a bit of money to get these tickets only to find out they were fake at the door.
I thank the gatekeepers for being very professional and patient with me as it comes as a shock to us."
At the time of writing, Jin's post has been shared over 900 times.
Turns out, he was not the only person who fell victim to the scam. A number of Malaysians commented under his post, claiming to have been duped into buying fake tickets. Here's the kicker - they were all registered under the same name.
Jin also revealed the Facebook profile and mobile phone number of the seller, although he noted that they might have been decoys to facilitate the scam
"We were not the only ones and it kinda sucks that these kinda things happen.
As for the seller, here is his phone number +60102112542 (Lee Wei Jian), probably a decoy number but if anyone has any info about this scammer, please give him hell," he wrote.
One commenter also claimed to have encountered the same seller with the same phone number, while another was contacted by a woman. However, in both cases, the tickets were similarly registered under the same name and delivered by an unidentified man.
"If you're reading this and sharing this, I hope you'll learn from my mistake."
Speaking to The Star, Jin said that he decided to post his disappointing experience on Facebook to remind other that anyone can get ripped off online.
"To be honest, I have been in the entertainment industry for so long and aware of such things, but never thought it could happen to me.
“For me, it is not about the money but that fact that this thing is (happening) so often," he said.
In the comments section, netizens chipped in with their two cents on the scam, with many urging people to stop buying tickets from resellers, even if a concert is already sold out
Some suggested that buyers should take down the sellers' identities in the future, while others pointed out that organisers should educate the public on how to differentiate fake tickets from real ones
Meanwhile, the individual whose name was registered on the fake tickets had reached out to Jin, clarifying that he had nothing to do with the scam and is working to obtain the contact information of those who'd bought his tickets
Have you or anyone you know gotten ripped off by resellers selling fake tickets? Share your experience in the comments section below.
Scalpers can be pretty notorious when it comes to high-demand concerts, with some reselling tickets for several times its original prices: