32 Hauled Up For ECommerce And Commercial CrimeRelated Offences Amounting To More Than $1.5 Million
Following a threeday operation conducted from 8 to 10 April 2019 by Clementi Police Division, 22 men and 10 women, aged between 17 and 56, are currently assisting in investigations for their suspected involvement in ecommerce scams and commercial crimerelated offences. The suspects are believed to be involved in 39 cases where victims have lost more than $1,500,000.
26 of the suspects are believed to have allowed their bank accounts to be used by criminals to facilitate scams. These include online purchase scams advertising the sale of concert tickets and electronic products, loan scams and impersonation scams. They are being investigated for the offence of cheating under the Penal Code which carries a punishment of imprisonment for up to 10 years and a fine, or money laundering under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act which carries a punishment of imprisonment for up to 10 years and/or fine of up to $500,000.
Five of the suspects are being investigated for the offence of cheating.
The remaining suspect is being investigated for the offence of criminal breach of trust under the Penal Code which carries a punishment of imprisonment which may extend to 7 years and shall also be liable to a fine.
Commander of Clementi Police Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police Jarrod Pereira said: The Police take a serious view against any person involved in scams and frauds, and perpetrators will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
Members of the public are advised to adopt the following measures to avoid falling victim to online purchase scams:
Don’t be impulsive Be wary of online advertisements of items at cheap prices that sound too good to be true! Do not buy on impulse. Read the reviews of the seller before committing to a purchase.
Don’t believe Scammers may use a local bank account or provide a copy of a NRIC/driver’s licence to make you believe that they are genuine sellers. Do not fall for it!
Don’t give As you are dealing with strangers, avoid making payments or deposits in advance. Use shopping platforms/arrangements that release your payment to the seller only upon receipt of the item. Alternatively, arrange to meet the seller and pay only on delivery.
To avoid being an accomplice to crimes, members of the public should reject requests by others to use your bank account or mobile lines as you will be held accountable if these accounts are linked to illegal transactions.
Source: Singapore Police Force