Chips are down for mahjong competition contestants

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 November, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 November, 2003, 12:00am

Police are investigating an apparent case of deception that led to the disappointment of hundreds of mahjong lovers yesterday.

They were lured to sign up for a contest, replete with attractive prizes, which never took place.

At least 22 people filed complaints with police after arriving at the International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Kowloon Bay, only to find the contest cancelled.

They said that about two months ago they paid $200 each to a company known as Creative Advertise Planning Investments to gain entry to the contest.

The company had advertised the contest in magazines and at pubs and restaurants in August and September.

The adverts promised a free lunch and prizes worth a total of $700,000.

First and second prize were a set of gold mahjong pieces worth $380,000 and $190,000.

Police visited the company's office in the Wai Tat Commercial Building in Tung Choi Street, Mongkok, yesterday but there was no one there.

Police have classified the case a suspected deception and so far registered claims for compensation of $4,000.