Singapore’s ticket buyers have been warned by the police to be wary of scammers following the return of live events in the city-state.
According to a report from the Straits Times, e-commerce scams were the third-most common scam in Singapore, with an estimated S$5.8m (£3.4m/€4m) lost.
A statement from the police said to be particularly wary of third-party resellers and to “remain vigilant” when researching tickets for events.
“As Singapore embraces the return of large-scale physical events and concerts, the police would like to remind the public to be discerning online shoppers, especially when purchasing tickets for events or concerts from online third-party resellers,” said the statement.
“Members of the public are advised to remain vigilant, as scammers may take this opportunity to target online shoppers by enticing them with cheap event tickets, concert ticket deals or sold-out tickets at inflated prices.”
The statement also advises consumers that scammers may claim ticket sales are time-sensitive or there are limited stocks, to rush the buyer into making a purchase.
“Victims might only discover that they have been scammed when they do not receive the tickets after making payment, or when they discover that tickets are invalid on the concert or event day,” continued the statement.
The police also advised to purchase tickets through authorised sellers or “reputable sources” and that buying cheap tickets from resellers was “risky”.