March 27, 2024

SINGAPORE: A 32-year-old woman and 45-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion that they were involved in two separate series of unfulfilled hotel room bookings, the police said on Thursday (Dec 16).

Both sellers allegedly offered hotel room bookings on online platforms, but buyers purportedly did not receive their bookings after making payment.

In the first series of cases allegedly involving the woman, police received reports in December from victims purportedly cheated by a seller offering discounted booking packages at numerous popular hotels in Singapore on a social media platform.

After the victims paid for the packages through bank transfers and PayNow, they purportedly did not receive the bookings, said the Singapore Police Force (SPF).

Police established the woman’s identity through investigations and arrested her for the offence of cheating. She is assisting with investigations, said police.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the woman is believed to be involved with more than 300 non-fulfilments of hotel room package bookings with total reported losses amounting to more than S$400,000,” said police.


In the second series of cases, victims came across advertisements that the man is suspected to have placed on e-commerce platform Carousell.

They went on to liaise with him on WhatsApp. After making payment through bank transfers and PayNow, they purportedly failed to receive the hotel bookings, said SPF.

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