Ready to party?
ZoukOut returns next month after a three-year hiatus on Dec 2 and 3 at Silosa Beach on Sentosa.
But do not fall for fake ZoukOut tickets being sold on Telegram and Carousell, warned police.
The police have received at least 23 reports of such scams with losses amounting to at least $7,000 since Aug 1.
The scammers would ask the victims to pay a deposit or make full payment before agreeing to deliver the tickets.
Victims would only realise that they have been scammed when the scammers became uncontactable after the transfers had been made.
You are advised by police to take the following precautions when making online purchases:
- Purchase only from authorised sellers or reputable sources. Buying cheap tickets from resellers is risky – If the price is too good to be true, it probably is.
- When purchasing tickets online, use escrow payment options that protect buyers by releasing payment to the seller only upon delivery, where possible. Avoid making advance payments or direct bank transfers to the seller as this method does not offer any protection to buyers.
- Arrange for a physical meet-up with the seller to verify the authenticity of the tickets prior to making payment. Bear in mind that the party you are dealing with online is a stranger. Before performing a transaction, find out how the site safeguards your interest or able to help you resolve disputes with the seller.
- Note that scammers may use a local bank account to enhance their credibility. However, the owner of the account may not be the person communicating with you online.
On its Facebook page, ZoukOut advises: "Purchase your tickets directly from ZoukOut.com or our only authorised ticket platform partner @bookmyshow.sg."
It also warns that tickets purchased from unauthorised sources may result in refused entry.
Ticket prices range from $168 for a general one-day pass to $528 for a VVIP two-day pass.
The artiste line-up includes Zedd, Armin Van Buuren and Tiesto.