Chinese police warn of numerous dubious commercial offers in the run-up to the friendly match between Argentina and Australia.
Lionel Messi landed in Beijing on Saturday June 10 to play a friendly match with Australia for the Argentine national team. And the arrival of the world soccer star is a lucrative opportunity that some swindlers have sniffed out. Beijing police have warned of a number of scams currently circulating around the match: the most notable being a widely circulated advertisement promising an evening in Messi’s company for 300,000 yuan (around 39,000 euros).
Other more than dubious offers published online include “in-house” stadium passes for 5,000 yuan (650 euros) and a “tailor-made VIP package” including an autographed jersey, front-row seats and a photo with Messi for over 8,000 yuan (1,040 euros). Even more audaciously, for 50 million yuan (6.5 million euros), Messi will appear in your company’s livestream to extol the merits of your product, claims another fraudulent advertisement.