SINGAPORE — A ticket scam involving local nightclub Zouk has caused victims to lose more than $2,300 since May.
The Singapore Police Force said that it has received at least 10 reports of the scam, where scammers would request for deposit or advanced payment from victims to secure entry tickets for Zouk, located in Clark Quay, over Telegram.
Scammers would post advertisements relating to the sale of Zouk tickets on Telegram chat groups such as 'SG Clubbing’, the police said in a statement Tuesday (28 June). After being asked to make advanced payments, victims would only realise that they had fallen prey after scammers became uncontactable after payment.
The police advised the public to only buy tickets from authorised sellers and reputable sources.
"Buying cheap tickets from resellers is risky — If the price is too good to be true, it probably is," the police said.
When purchasing tickets online, the public is advised to use escrow payment options that protect buyers by releasing payment to the seller only upon delivery. The police also reminded individuals to avoid making advanced payments and direct bank transfers to the seller.
The police cautioned that while arranging for a physical meet-up to verify the authenticity of the tickets before making payment is an alternative, buyers should be wary about meeting a stranger.
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