10 teenagers being investigated for selling fake USS Halloween Horror event tickets: Police

Officers from Tanglin Police Division identified 10 suspects aged between 16 and 18 and found that they had sold at least 120 fake tickets.
Officers from Tanglin Police Division identified 10 suspects aged between 16 and 18 and found that they had sold at least 120 fake tickets.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - Ten teenagers are being investigated for selling fake Halloween Horror event tickets to online buyers in a series of cases, the police said in a statement on Monday (Oct 23).

Victims had made several police reports from August to October, saying they had bought discounted tickets to Universal Studios Singapore's Halloween Horror Nights event online.

When they turned up for the event, they were denied entry and discovered they had bought fake tickets.

Officers from Tanglin Police Division identified 10 suspects aged between 16 and 18 and found that they had sold at least 120 fake tickets.

Three of the suspects also gave false information to the police, saying they were coerced into selling the fake tickets, preliminary investigations found.

Those found guilty of giving false information to a public servant can be jailed up to a year and/or fined up to $5,000.

 

If found guilty of forgery for the purpose of cheating, they can be jailed up to 10 years and/or fined.

Anyone who intentionally aids in, or abets the commission of the said offence may also be liable for the same punishment.

 

The Straits Times reported earlier this month that there was a rise in Halloween ticket scams this year that has involved more than $21,500 so far.

One victim was cheated of $7,000, the highest single amount so far.

One scammer used a student's lost IC to dupe others into buying tickets that were not delivered.