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DTI: Shopee may face fine amid alleged promo scam

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has started its own investigation on the meet-and-greet promo of e-commerce giant Shopee for fans of South Korean girl group BLACKPINK.
DTI: Shopee may face fine amid alleged promo scam
DTI begins investigation against #ShopeeScam 

DTI begins investigation against #ShopeeScam

Given BLACKPINK's popularity, the alleged #ShopeeScam, which was trending on Twitter not only in the Philippines but also worldwide, caught the attention of the authorities on Friday morning.

The event, which was held on Thursday evening in Manila, turned disastrous after some fans did not receive the tickets despite notifications from Shopee that they were included in the "top spenders" list.

Earlier last month, Shopee announced it would bring back its regional brand ambassador to the country. It then issued the mechanics on its Facebook page for the said meet-and-greet event, where it said 568 top spenders, between May 11 to 25, would secure one fan meet pass each.

Talking with CNN Philippines, DTI Chief Ramon Lopez said the investigation is expected to be done in a week.

If found neglected, Shopee would be slapped with a fine of PHP 300,000, noting fans may also get their refund.

We’re investigating this because we have received many reports and we will find out who launched this promo. Is it the fansite or Shopee that created the promo? We have to protect the consumers who participated in the promo, Lopez said.

Other Filipino Blinks reportedly spend more than PHP 100,000 on products from Shopee Philippines in order to secure a pass.

See also: Shopee issues statement over alleged scamming of BLACKPINK fans

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