Singapore Travel Agent Scam on deals: How to check travel agency background

In light of the recent Singapore travel agency scam on group-sharing deals, i thought i would list down ways to find out how accredited and authentic a travel agency is. The news article reported victims bought mostly tours to neighbouring countries, like Batam, Bali.

1) Check at the National Association of Travel Agency whether it is still registered.
http://www.natas.org.sg/Home/index.aspx

2) Check whether it is still licensed with the Singapore Tourism Board.
https://trust.visitsingapore.com/trust/TaDir?USER=PUB

3) Check whether is it accredited with CASETrust.
http://www.case.org.sg/general_advice.html#holiday

4) Take up Travel Insurance. Standard Chartered has a year-long travel insurance.
http://www.standardchartered.com.sg/personal-banking/insurance/got-it-covered-travel-plan/en/

5) Go to Small Claims Court Singapore.
http://app.subcourts.gov.sg/sct/index.aspx

Scammed victims gather at Facebook to complain.
Facebook: Far East Travel & Lifestyle Unhappy Customer
Facebook: Far East Travel & Lifestyle Pte Ltd BAD Service
Facebook: Far East Travel & Lifestyle Pte Ltd (Feedback)

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