Woman, 20, arrested for USS tickets and hotel staycation scam

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SINGAPORE – A 20-year-old woman has been arrested for suspected involvement in a series of cheating cases.

Police said they received reports last month from at least two victims who were cheated after responding to a listing in marketplace app Carousell.

The listing was purportedly selling tickets to Universal Studios Singapore (USS) and staycation packages at Hard Rock Cafe Sentosa at a discounted rate. Police told AsiaOne that the total amount that was allegedly cheated is in the range of hundreds for each victim.

The victims met up with the suspect to make the payments and were promised the delivery of the USS tickets and staycation package the next day. However, the delivery failed to materialise and the suspect became uncontactable after payments were made by the victims.

Police managed to establish the identity of the suspect and arrested her on Sunday (July 16). If found guilty of cheating, she may face up to 10 years imprisonment and shall also be liable to a fine.

The police have also advised members of the public to take the following precautions when shopping online:

  • Make purchases only from authorised sellers, and take note of the terms and conditions of the sale;
  • If advanced payments are required, use shopping platforms that provide arrangements to only release your payment to the seller upon your receipt of the item; and
  • Try to arrange for a physical meet-up with the seller to verify the the party that you are dealing with online is a stranger.

klim@sph.com.sg

Monday, July 17, 2017 – 19:32

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