Police have launched an investigation into an online scam involving the sale of cheap Hong Kong Disneyland tickets after four people complained that the seller disappeared after receiving their payments.
It is understood that the suspect, in a Facebook post on Feb. 25, claimed to have several discounted admission tickets to Hong Kong Disneyland for sale, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Interested buyers could buy them for HK$120 each. Only three tickets would be sold per person, and the tickets were valid for admission until April 26, according to the seller.
The Facebook post carried a photo of sample tickets which had markings that said “complimentary park ticket”, “not for sale” and “void if sold”.
Since the offered price was way cheaper than those listed on the Disneyland official website, quite a number of people rushed to place orders and made payments, only to realize later that they had been deceived.
At least four people who fell for the scam have reported to the police.
A police spokesperson confirmed that a 37-year-old woman and a 38-year-old man filed complaints about the scam at the North Point Police Station on March 2.
They said they deposited HK$480 and HK$720 respectively in a bank account designated by the seller for their orders, but never received the tickets, Sing Tao Daily reported.
They said they have not been able to reach the seller after paying for the tickets.
On the same day another victim came to the Tsing Yi Police Station to report the same scam. She said she had deposited HK$360 into the designated bank account but failed to receive the ticket and contact the seller after the payment.
A fourth victim reported to the Sha Tin Police Station on March 5, claiming to have lost HK$600 to the scam.
The three police stations are still investigating the case. No one has been arrested yet.
Police urged the public to be careful when dealing with online transactions, adding that they should not make any payment unless they are sure of getting the product and have confirmed the identity of the seller.
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