Singapore Police Force (SPF) announced that it have arrested a 27-year old man who is believed to be involved in multiple cases of ZoukOut tickets sales scam.
Since August 2016, the Police stated that it had received at least 23 reports from victims who were purportedly cheated by the seller who offered discounted ZoukOut 2016 tickets on Carousell. However, it is still unknown how many cases were linked to this suspect.
The two-night dance music event ZoukOut party was held last Friday at Siloso Beach in Sentosa.
The statement said that after payments were made by the victims, the suspect would become uncontactable and did not deliver the tickets.
Police said that officers from Ang Mo Kio Division and Tanglin Division conducted extensive follow-up investigations to establish the identity of the suspect. The suspect was subsequently arrested along Town Hall Link on 13 December 2016.
The suspect will be charged in Court on 15 December 2016 with the offence of Cheating which carries a punishment of imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years and shall also be liable to a fine.
While online shopping is convenient, the Police advises members of the public to take the following precautions when shopping online:
- Bear in mind that the party you are dealing with online is a stranger. Before performing a transaction, find out how the online site safeguards your interest or can help you resolve disputes;
- Whenever possible, pay only on delivery.
- 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.
- Be mindful that although culprits may provide a copy of an Identification Card or Driver’s licence to gain your trust, it may not necessarily belong to the person communicating with you online.
For more information on scams members of the public can visit scamalert.sg or call the Anti-Scam Hotline at 1800-722-6688.