Is that offer too good? 112 e-commerce scams reported in 4 months

Members of the public should avoid making payments or deposits before receiving the item, and stay away from unauthorised sellers who may sell duplicate tickets that are invalid upon entry.
Members of the public should avoid making payments or deposits before receiving the item, and stay away from unauthorised sellers who may sell duplicate tickets that are invalid upon entry.PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

A total of 112 e-commerce scams have been reported to the police from January to April this year, the Singapore Police Force said in an advisory yesterday.

Many reports involved hotel room bookings and attraction tickets, particularly Universal Studios Singapore tickets. Victims either did not receive the tickets after payment was made, or were given invalid tickets, said the police.

Members of the public are advised to be wary of online adver-tisements for hotel room bookings and theme park tickets that sound "too good to be true", and to read sellers' reviews before committing to the purchase.

The police warned that scammers may use a local bank ac-count or provide a copy of an NRIC or driver's licence to make buyers believe that they are genuine sellers.

Members of the public should avoid making payments or deposits before receiving the item, and stay away from unauthorised sellers who may sell duplicate tickets that are invalid upon entry.

About 70 per cent of e-commerce scams last year took place on online selling platform Carousell.

For more information on scams, the public can visit scamalert.sg or call the Anti-Scam hotline on 1800-722-6688.

 

Anyone with information on scams may call the police hotline on 1800-255-0000, or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 01, 2019, with the headline 'Is that offer too good? 112 e-commerce scams reported in 4 months'. Print Edition | Subscribe