BTS concert in Busan: alert against ticket scams

BUSAN, Sept. 21 (Yonhap) — Ahead of K-pop superstar group Bangtan Boys (BTS)’s grand free concert in Busan on Oct. 15, “Yet To Come in Busan,” to promote the candidacy of the port city to organize the World Expo of 2030, numerous transactions of reserved tickets were noted on second-hand websites on Wednesday.

Vendors offer tickets at prices ranging from 100,000 won (about 72 euros) to 800,000 won. Some even offer to negotiate prices in real time. In principle, the names of the ticket buyer and the ticket owner must be the same for BTS group concerts. It is therefore impossible to enter these concerts with a ticket given by someone else.

Despite this, sellers of tickets to this free concert even offer a modification of the buyer’s name online through macro software. Use of this software for such transfer is illegal. BTS fans are currently encouraged not to purchase these tickets given the spirit of this non-profit concert.

Even a netizen posted a message encouraging people to report fraudulent acts on the second-hand website. The production house Hybe indicated that “it is possible to cancel or restrict reservations without notice because of the illicit use of tickets with abnormal means in order to sell them”.

The BTS group concert will be held on October 15 at Asiad Main Stadium in Busan. It will be broadcast live on local cable channel JTBC and Japanese channel TBS Channel 1. Streaming platforms Weverse, Zepeto and Naver Now will also broadcast the septet’s concert in real time. The “Yet To Come in Busan” concert is expected to welcome 100,000 spectators.

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