Police have begun looking into complaints by pop music fans who claim they were tricked into buying fake concert tickets that were out for “resale” on Web sites.
Many of those who bought the fraudulent tickets for up to 90,000 won ($96) were teenagers eager to scoop up Asia Tour concert tickets in time to see their favorite five-boy band, TVXQ at Olympic Park in Seoul.
“There are over 150 people who are victims of ticket fraud so far,” said an Internet user who described himself as a “big fan of TVXQ” on the band’s official Web site. “That’s over 11 million won.”
Meanwhile, fans who were able to go to the concert on Feb. 23 were just as angry because it was hours before they could go home after the concert ended at 10:30 p.m. Concert organizers prohibited all cell phones and digital cameras inside the concert hall and collected them at the door.
But when it was time to return the devices, the check room became chaotic when fans crowded in all at once. The riot continued until 4 a.m.
Worried parents showed up at the concert because they were not able to contact their children.
Source: INSIDE JoongAng Daily