Hundreds fooled in Halloween party scam
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Hundreds of excited people thronged the Saigon Belly dance building in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3 last Sunday night for what had been advertised as a thrilling Halloween experience only to find out they had been scammed.
Poster of Halloween Horror Night
The Halloween Horror Night party was advertised as a Hollywood party by Universal and Sony Pictures that had been brought to Vietnam for the first time.
The publicity for the event on many forums screamed: “It is a different Halloween party. You cannot stay quiet, dress up, listen to music, and go home. There is excitement and screaming at the ‘Halloween Horror night’.”
Also advertised were horror movies, a buffet of Italian and Brazilian food, French patisserie, a lucky draw, and many gifts.
There was a warning: “This event is not recommended for children under 13, pregnant women and people with epilepsy. No costumes or masks allowed.”
Many people fell for the ad and sent VND100,000 (US$5) to have tickets delivered to them.
But they turned up, they found empty rooms with a few posters on the walls rather than a Hollywood-style party as advertised.
Tran Thi Kim Ngan, the building director, said two months ago a young man called Nam had come and rented a few rooms for a dance party from 5.30 to 10pm on October 30.
“I rented [them] for VND150,000 an hour. But we had no idea about any Halloween party.”
Police in Ward 4, District 3, have taken Nam in for questioning and discovered he had no permit to organize an event.
They have ordered the organizers to refund the money to buyers.