Four Men Arrested For Unauthorised Transactions Using Stolen Credit Card
The Police have arrested four men, aged between 30 and 36, for their suspected involvement in using another person’s credit cards to make unauthorised retail purchases of mobile devices.
On 19 September 2019, the Police were alerted to a case of a man suspected to be using a stolen credit card to purchase mobile devices at a shop along New Upper Changi Road by its retail manager. Officers from Bedok Police Division responded and arrested the 31-year-old man. Two credit cards which belonged to another person, and a mobile phone were found in his possession and seized as case exhibits.
Through follow-up investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department and Airport Police Division established the identities of three other accomplices and arrested them in the vicinity of Airport Boulevard on the same day. Eight mobile devices, three caps, and a card pouch, were seized as case exhibits.
Preliminary investigations revealed that one of the men is believed to have picked up the credit cards. The four men used the found credit cards to make several unauthorised retail purchases of mobile devices amounting to more than $7,900 between 18 and 19 September 2019.
The men will be charged in court on 21 September 2019 with the offence of abetment by conspiracy to cheat under Section 420 read with Section 109 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. If convicted of cheating, they shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall be liable to a fine.
The Police would like to remind members of the public to safeguard their belongings in public. Merchants and sales staff are advised to exercise vigilance and adopt correct card acceptance procedures when processing credit/debit card transactions. They should look out for the name and security features on the card face and contact their processing bank immediately for advice if they detect anything suspicious.
The Police would also like to advise all credit/debit card holders to call their card-issuing banks immediately if their credit/debit cards are lost or stolen, and to adopt the following measures to prevent unauthorised use of their cards:
Opt for an SMS notification to be sent to your mobile phone for any charges incurred on your credit/ debit card;
Check bank statements and alert the bank immediately should there be any discrepancies or fraudulent charges; and
Do not give out your credit / debit card details to strangers.
Source: Singapore Police Force