Ticket scams surge in Hong Kong, scalping evolves in South Korea

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More than 1,200 cases of online scams surrounding concert tickets were recorded in Hong Kong in the first 10 months of 2023, according to a report from Asia News Network.

The scams resulted in a total loss of HK$11m (£111,000/€130,000/$141,000), according to the article. The number of cases around ticket scalping surged 3.4 times year-on-year, while the total monetary loss quadrupled. 

Ip Cheuk-yu, from the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau of the Hong Kong Police Force, told Radio Television Hong Kong that scammers put pressure on victims to transfer money quickly to avoid tickets selling out, before vanishing or providing a counterfeit product. 

Meanwhile, in South Korea, ticket scalping and illegal ticket sales have expanded from music, sports and arts to reservations for hotels, restaurants and more. 

An article from The Straits Times revealed that an online post on second-hand sales website, Joonggonara, offered a reservation for a meal for two at a high-end sushi restaurant in the Gangnam district of Seoul for 540,000 won (£325/€375/$412) – roughly 100,000 won more than the original price. 

A separate listing on Joonggonara offered a reservation for a room at a luxury hotel in Seoul on Christmas Eve, for 200,000 won in addition to the 440,000 won the buyer would have to pay the hotel. 

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