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EXO 'sasaeng' fan arrested for fraud and embezzlement

By Pakman   Friday, September 5, 2014   140,196   2,578   338



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It's been reported that a 21-year old EXO sasaeng fan identified as Ms. Nam  committed fraud and embezzlement in order to pay for her expenses in chasing after her favorite boy band day and night. She was arrested by the Gyeonggi Police on September 5.

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Ms. Nam has been fraudulently making deals online. She would borrow camera equipment from a rental store, upload pictures, and pretend to sell the equipment at a discounted price without actually delivering the products to her customers. Ms. Nam has used this method 9 times and has earned 470,000 won (approx. $458 USD) as a result. The price was enticing as the camera equipment itself, which includes a notebook, DSLR camera, and lens, usually costs up to 1,100,000 won (approx. $1,073). Ms. Nam not only cheated her customers, she also never returned the said equipment that she borrowed.

When questioned why she committed these crimes by the police, Ms. Nam reportedly answered, "In order to follow EXO, I need money."

The sasaeng lifestyle is definitely costly, as sasaeng fans (usually 20~40-year-olds) invest in high quality equipment to capture their favorite celebrities and pay taxis to follow them closely. Sasaengs also invest a lot of time in the hobby, as they are known to stalk and chase celebrities relentlessly night and day. 

While many find sasaeng behavior to be disturbing, it's possible that these fans resort to this kind of activity in order to distract themselves from their own unhappy lives. Ms. Nam is an unemployed high school graduate who has lost her parents. Instead of going home at night, Ms. Nam shared that she stays in a cafe located near EXO's dormitory. At one point, she noted, "When I became a 'sasaeng', during those moments I was happy, but now I feel regretful."

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Ki_XOX Tuesday, March 31, 2015

;saseang fans have mental problems. they need to see the doctor.

Nicolekatey Monday, September 8, 2014


johwa Sunday, September 7, 2014

persecute and prosecute!!! no mercy...NO PLEA BARGAINS!!!! ;that's the only way to stop this madness called sasaengs!!!

infinitedream Sunday, September 7, 2014


mjmunoz94 Sunday, September 7, 2014

this is sad. the poor girl needs some serious mental help. not because she is in fact a 'sasaeng' and crazy, but because she has issues with coping with all those downfalls she's had. send her to a mental/behavioral hospital, get her on some meds, therapy, whatever. search her soul for her true feelings.

meltingpot Sunday, September 7, 2014's more like she need friend and a company. or she could just find a job.

mjmunoz94 Sunday, September 7, 2014

@meltingpot well eventually yes, but i'm saying that she's probably still messed up from losing her parents. no one ever stops grieving and people cope in different (and sometimes very strange) ways

mjmunoz94 Sunday, September 7, 2014

@meltingpot i'm just saying it from a different view. I work with mentally ill people and children. and sometimes they go a little overboard

aquaxbutterfly Sunday, September 7, 2014

I think for many Kpop fans, one of the reasons that they have turned to Kpop is to escape from the unhappiness of life. I think that is partly true for me, I became a Kpop fans during my high school years when things where getting tough at school, Kpop was my little happy place. However, fans must know their limits. You can't just dump your money and life into it. As much as you love your oppas, there are better things to do than become a sasaeng.

mjmunoz94 Sunday, September 7, 2014

well you can dump your money and life into it but deff not become a 'sasaeng' which up to this point I don't exactly really know what it means, i'm guessing its a new level of crazy stalker... but yeah totally agree with you with the unhappiness thing. I started listening to kpop again because American pop annoys me... of mice & men saved me <3

PixieXOXO Sunday, September 7, 2014

I dislike saesang fans so so much!! ;They're making our oppas' lives soo complicated and uncomfortable!!!

fries Sunday, September 7, 2014

Good I have no respect for saesangs

naenae305 Saturday, September 6, 2014

And people get mad at security guards for hitting fans... SPECIFICALLY SASAENG FANS it's not hard to respect an idols privacy. ;

sweet_heart_beep Sunday, September 7, 2014

but security guards aren't hired to hit fans. often they're hired to protect both stars and fans at public events where fans are invited, like fanmeets or even airports. even so, they shouldn't really turn to hitting other fans because many are being pushed by other fans that hitting the front fans won't help because they're still pushed by the fans behind them. i beleive that some part of why security guards do hit fans is because they just don't expect so many fans pushing with so much force and their first thought to to try and protect themselves by hitting what's in front of them.

kember31 Saturday, September 6, 2014

too far man... too far.

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