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Thieves sell nonexistent Coldplay concert tickets to unsuspecting fans

By Mason White 4:15 PM April 9, 2017
Coldplay tickets (illustration)
Coldplay tickets (illustration)
By: William Martin

Fans of the Rock band Coldplay, filed complaints with the police after buying concert tickets from private sellers who never delivered them, according to police in Singapore.

The Public Affairs Department of the Singapore Police Force said that they have arrested two men 22 and 27, for their suspected involvement in selling the fraudulent Coldplay concert tickets.

Police launched the investigation after receiving several reports from victims who had been cheated by the two suspects who placed ads on the popular website Carousell, which is a marketplace to buy and sell discounted items.

After coming across the Carousell listing selling the tickets at a discounted price, the victims contacted the seller and were instructed to transfer payment to bank accounts.

However, the victims did not receive the tickets after transferring the money.

Officers from the Bedok Division conducted extensive investigations to establish the identities of the suspects and arrested the two men.

If convicted, the suspects face up to 10 years in prison.

“While online shopping is convenient, the police would like to advise members of the public to buy tickets 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. 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,” police said.