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Buying tickets online may be less pricey and more convenient, but beware of deals that appear too good to be true, the police have warned.
Between Aug 30 and Sept 29 this year, there have been at least 35 reports of online purchase scams where victims bought tickets to USS Halloween Horror Nights 7.
They ended up losing over $21,500 to perpetrators instead.
In a media release last Saturday (Oct 7), the police said that the victims paid between $45 and $7,000 for the tickets. A regular general admission ticket to the attraction costs $68.
In some cases, the scammers failed to deliver the tickets and became uncontactable after receiving payment from the victims, while others gave their victims fake tickets which caused them to be denied entry to the attraction.
With nearly 250 reports of online purchase scam cases in August, there was a 50 per cent increase from July, the police noted. Most of these cases were advertised on platforms such as Carousell and Facebook.
When buying tickets online, members of the public are advised to:
- Purchase tickets only from authorised sellers, and take note of the terms
- Arrange for a physical meet-up with the seller to verify the authenticity of the tickets before making payment
If you need advice on scam-related issues, call the anti-scam helpline at 1800-722-6688 or visit www.scamalert.sg.
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A video of a woman and an auntie engaged in an altercation over an MRT reserved seat has been circulating on Facebook.
The video shared on Sure Boh Singapore's Facebook page shows a woman sitting on the reserved seat on board a MRT train.
An older woman in a turquoise top can be seen standing in front of her.
The woman can be heard telling the auntie: "You pay, I pay (for the ride). I don't think you deserve it (the seat)."
The auntie retorted that she had asked her for the seat as she had leg pain.
She chided the woman, saying 'other people' could give up their seats and that she was disrespectful.
The two started bickering, and the woman snapped back at the auntie, telling her that she would have to earn her respect.
During the process, a passenger sitting next to the woman attempted to intervene and defuse the tension.
She even stood up to give her seat to the auntie, while the woman told the auntie to get out of her sight.
The video ends as the train pulls into the Tiong Bahru MRT Station.
It is unclear when the incident happened.
They have also seized the products.
"AVA has not approved the import of instant hotpot products containing meat such as Ba Shu Hotpot," it said in a statement to The Straits Times today (Oct 9).
"As AVA did not approve these products for sale, the 'AVA certificate' circulating online is fake."
Ba Shu Hotpot or Ba Shu Lan Ren, a Chengdu-based instant hotpot brand is the latest food craze to hit Singapore.
It comes in several mala flavours including original, rice and meat, and beef.
They are being sold online on e-commerce websites like Qoo10 and Shopee Singapore.
The instant hotpots come with a heat pack that is activated by room-temperature water to produce enough heat to steam the bowl of ingredients for up to 20 minutes.
AVA advised the public to be wary when buying food online and it is safer to purchase food from a reputable source:
"Food products containing meat can be imported from only approved sources that comply with AVA food-safety standards and requirements, as these products could carry animal and food-borne diseases of public health and trade importance.
"Licensed food importers are required to ensure that the food products comply with the AVA's food-safety requirements and standards, regardless of the channel of sale."
Those convicted of importing food from unapproved sources can be fined up to $50,000 and/or jailed for up to two years for the first conviction.
In the case of a second or subsequent conviction, they can be fined up to $100,000 and/or jailed for up to three years.
Stomp contributor Angela was frustrated when she was charged a $6 fee after an uberPOOL driver rejected her ride.
When Angela booked an uberPOOL ride on Oct 8, a driver accepted her ride request and the app told her that he would be arriving in four minutes.
She proceeded to the pickup point but received a text from the driver telling her, "sorry we don't like pool".
She texted back and asked if he was cancelling her ride but he did not respond. She also tried calling him to no avail.
"If the driver is not in favour of pool can Uber block him from accepting pool bookings?" she asked, agitated.
She was especially frustrated that she was charged the cancellation fee when she was not the one who cancelled.
After reporting the issue to Uber, she received a reply telling her that they have dropped the cancellation arrear and removed the already credited Uber credits so that she will not be charged in future trips.