Singapore continues to battle concert ticket scams

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Singapore residents have continued to be plagued by concert ticket scams, with losses amounting to at least S$1m (£582,000/€683,000/$741,000) according to reports. 

The Straits Times has reported that some 2,000 victims fell prey to scams between January and May. In March, it was revealed that Taylor Swift fans had lost over S$200,000 in ticket scams ahead of the singer performing six shows at the National Stadium.

While most of the issues were related to tickets for Swift’s Eras Tour, others involved concert tickets for the likes of Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay.

The Police told The Straits Times that they had been working closely with social media and e-commerce platforms to remove scam advertisements for concert tickets, as well as deleting accounts involved once they were detected.

Online marketplace Carousell suspended the sale of tickets to Swift’s concerts on its platform between February 23 and March 9 to try and prevent scams.

Swift’s six Eras Tour performances in Singapore took place from March 2-9.

Some 1,551 victims made a complaint around scams involving concert tickets between January and the end of March, with losses amounting to at least S$737,000. This has now risen to over S$1m, as acts announce further shows in Singapore.

These include the likes of Olivia Rodrigo, who will perform two shows in October as part of her Guts world tour.