Did you know?  ~Concert ticket fraud hurts us all 2~

We are hearing reports of harmful new tricks fraudsters are using on ticket-reselling and auction websites.

Examples of Fraud (2)
A fan who accesses a reselling or auction website may see an image of fake tickets and be deceived into thinking that the seller is a legitimate ticket-holder. For added confidence, the fan is then sent a fake tracking number, purporting to be from Yu-Pack or some other legitimate courier service, informing the fan that the tickets are on their way. As soon as the fan has transferred the funds to the indicated bank account, the fraudster disappears.
In some cases the crooks win their victims' confidence by supplying fake personal information, including addresses, telephone numbers and membership numbers. ※Read Examples of Fraud (1) here.

The Concert Jimukyoku absolutely prohibits the buying and selling of tickets through any medium other than legitimate sales outlets. If you observe this sort of activity, be sure to notify the police, and we'd be grateful if you'd contact the Concert Jimukyoku too. Fraud of this type is no "victimless crime"—it causes real mental anguish to fans. Buying and selling tickets on the Internet is dangerous. We urge all fans to read their Membership and Ticket-sales Agreements and take the necessary precautions to avoid getting hurt.

◎The Concert Jimukyoku prohibits entry to venues using tickets purchased or sold through any medium other than legitimate sales outlets.

◎If you discover an illegal website, please inform the cybercrime assistance desk of your prefectural police.

◎You can also report illegal and harmful information to the Internet Hotline Center.

Nothing makes artists sadder than seeing their fans become victims of crime. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, so listen to your gut instinct and contact the police for advice.

We ask all our fans for their understanding on this important matter.

Johnny's Family Club
Concert Jimukyoku

Did you know?  ~Reselling concert tickets causes real harm~

We've received multiple reports of people being harmed as a result of using ticket-reselling and auction websites.

Since about August 2008, many inquiries have come to us about fans who have been asked to send money on reselling and auction websites and notices from fake contests claiming that the recipient has won some sort of prize. The Concert Jimukyoku absolutely prohibits the buying and selling of tickets through any medium other than legitimate sales outlets. Sometimes these fraudsters even print up documents with fake agency names and contact information to gain fans' confidence. If you observe this sort of activity, be sure to notify the police, and we'd be grateful if you'd contact the Concert Jimukyoku too. Fraud of this type is no "victimless crime"—it causes real mental anguish to fans. Buying and selling tickets on the Internet is dangerous. We urge all fans to read their Membership and Ticket-sale Agreements and take the necessary precautions to avoid getting hurt.

◎The Concert Jimukyoku prohibits entry to venues using tickets purchased or sold through any medium other than legitimate sales outlets.

◎If you discover an illegal website, please inform the cybercrime assistance desk of your prefectural police. Thank you for your cooperation.

◎You can also report illegal and harmful information to the Internet Hotline Center.

Nothing makes artists sadder than seeing their fans become victims of crime. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is, so listen to your gut instinct and contact the police for advice.

We ask all our fans for their understanding on this important matter.

Johnny's Family Club
Concert Jimukyoku

Did you know?  ~The "ore ore manager" scam~

Fraud using the names of artists and related persons

This story appeared in the Japanese press in June 2006.

The Osaka Prefectural Police (Sumiyoshi Station) have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of swindling a large sum of money out of a woman by impersonating a famous performance artist in an exchange of e-mails.

The suspect is believed to have posed as a manager of a performance artist, demanding a large sum of money in exchange for direct access to the artist by e-mail. He is also said to have posed as the artist himself, defrauding the woman by winning her confidence with messages such as, "On that music show, I sang that song for you." The woman was contacted through a mobile entertainment website. The suspect testified, "She was easy to deceive."

The suspect is believed to have impersonated other performance artists as well. He is also under arrest on suspicion of having violated the Law on Prohibition of Child Prostitution and Pornography, having allegedly lied to various junior-high and high-school girls that, for example, he could arrange meetings for them with artists in the stable of Johnny & Associates, Inc. He is thought to have found his underage victims using online dating sites.

The suspect's mobile telephone was filled with the personal data of various people. Many other victims who were "easy to deceive" are expected to be found.

This criminal was arrested. But other crooks, impersonating artists to defraud the public, are still at large. "She was easy to deceive..." How would you feel if that were you?

Neither artists nor their managers ever e-mail fans directly, and they would absolutely never demand money for allowing the exchange of e-mails.

If you're paying money for the privilege of sending e-mail to someone famous, YOU are a victim of fraud. Immediately save your Internet access log and the relevant e-mail addresses, then report the details to the police. Please don't become an accomplice in damaging the good name of an artist. By gathering reports from everyone who has encountered this kind of scam, we can help catch these vicious criminals.

Nothing makes artists sadder than seeing their fans become victims of crime. If you wonder why an artist would send e-mail to you and you alone, listen to your gut instinct and contact the police for advice.

If you discover illegal messages online, please inform the cybercrime assistance desk of your prefectural police. Thank you for your cooperation.
You can also report illegal and harmful information to the Internet Hotline Center.

We ask all our fans for their understanding on this important matter.

Johnny's Family Club
Concert Jimukyoku

To All Fans: Information about Gifts, and a Request

When fan mail and other correspondence from fans comes in at JFC addressed to artists, we send it on to the artists themselves. However, the artists cannot in principle accept presents (including flowers and cash), so we send all gifts received back to their senders. The same applies to items sent to theaters and concert venues.

Some items cannot be accepted or returned: for example, anonymous letters or products that are likely to have degraded or decayed (such as foodstuffs). When we receive these items at JFC, we decide on our own judgment to incinerate them for safety's sake.

We ask for your understanding and cooperation.

We treasure all of your messages of support in our hearts.

The artists of Johnny & Associates
Johnny's Family Club

A Request on Manners for Concert and Stage Supporters

Concerts

Recently we've noticed some conspicuous cases of fans who show bad manners when cheering artists at concerts.
We need your cooperation so that everybody who attends a concert can have a good time. Please comply with the following simple rules and help us to make every concert a success.

When you cheer artists by waving fans called uchiwa, please hold the fans at about chest height. Cheering the artists by waving them above chest height, or waving them in big motions up, down and to the sides, can annoy the other audience members around you. You could even hit someone and cause injury.
Large boards other than uchiwa and extensively modified uchiwa other than the approved goods cannot be brought into venues or used to cheer artists.

Please don't stand up at your seat, move your seat or run through the corridors while a concert is in progress. In the darkness it's hard to see where your feet are or what obstacles are around them. Excessive moving around can not only annoy other concert-goers but even cause accidents and injuries. So please don't do it.

Concerts are events where large numbers of people gather. Please refrain from any sort of behavior that might annoy or inconvenience the people around you. A little consideration goes a long way in making each concert a success.

Stage Performances

At stage performances, please show your support by clapping.
At some performances, the performers pass through the audience. To avoid obstructing the performance, please refrain from standing at your seats or moving around.
Bringing uchiwa, penlights or other goods intended for concerts into a stage-performance venue is prohibited.

Recording sound, video or photos during stage performances is prohibited by law. Persons found recording sound, video or photos may be ejected immediately from the venue.

Please always be sure to follow the attendants' directions. Not following their directions can result in confusion and even accidents, for which the sponsors accept no responsibility whatsoever.

We’re asking all of your for your kind cooperation.

Johnny's Family Club
Concert Jimukyoku

Beware of false information!

When JFC and the Concert Jimukyoku officially decide to host an event, the latest information will be posted on Johnny's net as it becomes available.

There are some people who play on fans' psychology by posting erroneous information on the internet, purporting it to be accurate. Once again we ask you to take care not to be misled by such false information.

Johnny's Family Club
Concert Jimukyoku