Woman, 34, arrested for Disneyland staycation package scam

A 34-year-old woman was on Friday arrested by police in Tuen Mun over a scam where she cheated about HK$130,000 off citizens by “helping” them purchase discounted Disneyland staycation packages.

The case came under the spotlight after over 50 citizens flooded the Facebook page of HK Disneyland and said they were looking for a so-called “staffer,” Carmen Chan, who disappeared after getting citizens’ money for the discounted products.

According to police, a woman named Chan had been committing her crime from May to June this year. She built her reputation after several successful face-to-face transactions with the customers.

Some of the victims told police that they had met Chan in person, who claimed to be related to the senior management of the theme park and could purchase tickets and hotel packages with 15 to 20 percent off.

Chan claimed to be jobless, and she was not a Disneyland employee or related to any of the employees, police investigation revealed.

Police also mentioned that Chan possessed the platinum membership of Disneyland, which doesn’t require a special social network and can be purchased by any citizen.

It was understood that the woman went into hiding in a hotel after the incident was covered by a TV program. Yet, police still located her in a Tuen Mun hotel on Friday and arrested her for obtaining property through deception.

Officers added they learned of 22 victims so far, resulting in about HK$130,000 losses. The biggest loss of HK$40,000 was recorded in one case.

However, they expected the number could mount up to 300 or even 400. They encouraged citizens who suspect they have been cheated to contact the police by dialing 3661 8745.