Woman Arrested On Fraud Charges For Scamming Hundreds With Promises Of Concert Tickets

A woman in her twenties has been charged with conducting a large-scale scam that promised concert tickets for popular idol groups like BTS, EXO, and Wanna One.

According to the Seoul Mapo Police Station, “A” was arrested and booked on charges of fraud on August 12, and her case will be forwarded to the prosecution on August 16.

The charges claim that from July 12, 2018 to March 16, 2019, “A” used a Twitter account under the name “Maydani” and advertised that she would buy tickets to domestic and overseas idol concerts on behalf of others. Through an open chatroom, she is said to have received 489 million won (approximately $402,570) from 282 people before disappearing. The police has tracked the account and they believe over 400 people have been scammed by “A.”

“A” borrowed the bank accounts of two Chinese people to receive the funds, and she is said to have pretended to be a Chinese person to her victims. The police explained, “We have looked over the messages and photo of her identification card that she sent to the Chinese people who lent her their bank accounts, and we have confirmed that ‘A’ is in fact Korean.” The police will also be looking into the two Chinese people on possible charges of conspiracy.

“A” is said to have stated, “Though I admit that I did receive money from people, I did actually buy tickets or refund the amount to some buyers,” and denied the charges.

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