Scamming of international students with ‘discounted airlines tickets’, Sydney woman to face court


A Sydney woman is due to appear in court early February for allegedly scamming hundreds of international students with discounted airlines tickets. The 24 year old is accused of using a closed group ‘on a popular social networking platform’ to sell discounted airlines tickets to the victims.

The made queries with NSW Police Force to establish if any Nepalese, Indian or other South Asian students have been caught in the fraudulent scheme but was advised the department can provide no further information once a person has been charged.

Updates on the accused who police say victimised 240 international students are to be made available on February 3 when the woman faces Downing Centre Local Court.

It is understood she used a social media website to defraud international students seeking cheap flights back home. “The value of the tickets involved is estimated to be in excess of $360,000,” a police statement said.

Detectives from Sydney City Local Area Command commenced Strike Force Couranga after several reports were made to police across Sydney regarding the alleged fraudulent selling of airline tickets via a social media website catering to overseas students, the statement said. As a result, the accused was arrested from Petersham on 13 January. 

The woman was granted conditional bail to appear before Downing Centre Local Court on Wednesday 3 February 2016.

While investigations into this matter are continuing, police are urging anyone who may have been a victim of this scheme or who may have information which could assist investigators, to contact Sydney City Detectives on (02) 9265 6499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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