At least four people, including three women, have been arrested in Singapore in connection with ticket fraud related to concerts by Taylor Swift, Coldplay, YOASOBI, Joker Xue and Enhypen.
The arrests were made during a joint operation carried out by the Commercial Department (CAD), seven police land divisions, Carousel and the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) from 31 January 2024 to 6 February 2024.
The Singapore Police Force said there have been at least 583 victims since January 2024, with damages totaling at least $223,000.
In such cases, scammers posing as “sellers” post and sell concert tickets on online platforms such as Telegram, Carousel, Twitter, Facebook and Xiaohonshu, police said.
Victims who express interest in purchasing tickets are redirected to contact the seller on WhatsApp, Telegram, or WeChat.
“In some cases, sellers provided fake screenshots or videos of tickets or ticket purchase receipts.Sellers provided fake screenshots or videos of tickets or ticket purchase receipts.Sellers either emailed the tickets or posted them to the victim’s Ticketmaster account after successful payment. He promised to transfer it,” police said. .
Victims were first scammed when the seller asked for additional payment, delayed ticket delivery, became unreachable, or found the ticket invalid on the day of the concert. you will notice. ”
During the week-long operation, officers from the CAD and Police Land Division 7 arrested four people in simultaneous operations across the island.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the four facilitated the fraud by opening new bank accounts for financial gain and transferring them to fraudsters, as well as relinquishing their ShinPass credentials, bank accounts, and internet banking credentials. It turned out that he was suspected of having done so,” police said.
Seven other men and four women, including a 15-year-old teenager, are also cooperating with the investigation.