Date
18 December 2017
Shenzhen's Luohu bus station, just across the border from Hong Kong, has become the playground for ticket touts and fraudsters. Photo: Nandu
Shenzhen's Luohu bus station, just across the border from Hong Kong, has become the playground for ticket touts and fraudsters. Photo: Nandu

Scamsters seek an easy ride at Luohu bus station

If you are at the transport interchange hub at Luohu in Shenzhen, beware of the touts trying to take you for a ride.

The station area just across the border from Hong Kong has become a stomping ground for fraudsters and ticket scalpers, Southern Metropolis Daily reported Wednesday.

Scamsters offer overpriced, or even fake, bus tickets to unsuspecting passengers, the paper said, noting that some touts even wear uniforms and badges similar to those used by the genuine ticket sellers.

Investigative trips by reporters showed several people hovering near one of the bus station’s elevator entrances and proactively asking passersby whether they want to buy bus tickets.

If someone takes the bait, the person is taken to a ticket agent who then charges the passenger much higher price than the actual cost. And, worse, the tickets could even turn out to be fake, the report said.

While they get cheated, not many passengers bother to lodge complaints with authorities as the travelers are usually in a hurry to leave the city, the report said.

Although there are signs and reminders around the bus station guiding people to genuine ticket offices, they are not too prominent and non-locals find it difficult to find their way around.

The rush and chaos at the transport hub, with its bus station, rail terminal and border-crossing post, only makes things that much harder for the passengers and easier for the fraudsters.

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