Woman who allegedly went MIA after getting users to pay for JJ Lin concert and NDP tickets arrested

A 23-year-old woman was arrested on Wednesday (Aug 15) for her suspected involvement in a series of cheating cases.

Between July and August, the police received 16 reports from victims who had been cheated after chancing upon listings on online marketplace Carousell, selling JJ Lin concert tickets and National Day Parade tickets. 

The victims made the payments for the tickets via bank transfers but did not receive the promised tickets. The suspect then became uncontactable.

The suspect was subsequently identified and arrested on Aug 15 by officers from Bedok Police Division.

She will be charged in court on Aug 17 with an offence of cheating.

The police also advised members of the public to make purchases from official sources and to take the following precautions when shopping online:

  • Bear in mind that the party you are dealing with online is a stranger. Before performing a transaction, find out how the online site safeguards your interest or can help you resolve disputes.
  • Whenever possible, pay only on delivery.  
  • If advanced payments are required, use shopping platforms that provide arrangements to only release your payment to the seller upon your receipt of the item; and 
  • Be mindful that although scammers may provide a copy of an Identification Card or Driver’s licence to gain your trust, it may not necessarily belong to the person communicating with you online.