Man Arrested For A Series Of E-Commerce Scams
The Police have arrested a 22-year-old man for his involvement in a series of e-commerce scams.
Between 1 and 31 March 2019, the Police received several reports from victims who had responded to Carousell listings advertising the sale of Grab credits at a discounted price. After the victims made payment via bank transfer to the seller, they did not receive the transfer of Grab credits.
Officers from the Commercial Affairs Department conducted follow-up investigations to establish the identity of the man and arrested him on 16 April 2019 along New Bridge Road. The man is believed to be involved in at least five such cases of e-commerce scams where victims were cheated of a total of $4,280.
The man will be charged in court on 18 April 2019 with cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, which is punishable with an imprisonment term that may extend to 10 years, and a fine.
While online shopping is convenient, the Police would like to advise members of the public to take the following precautions:
Bear in mind that the party you are dealing with online is a stranger. Before performing a transaction on an online shopping site, find out how the site safeguards your interest or can help you resolve disputes;
Insist on cash on delivery especially if responding to online classified advertisements;
If advance payments are required, use shopping platforms that provide arrangements to only release your payment to the seller upon your receipt of the item;
Be mindful that although sellers may provide a copy of an identification card or driver’s licence to gain your trust, it may not necessarily belong to the person communicating with you online; and
Note that scammers may use a local bank account to enhance credibility; however, the owner of the account may not be the person communicating with you online.
For more information on scams, members of the public can visit scamalert.sg or call the Anti-Scam hotline at 1800-722-6688. Anyone with information on such scams may call the Police hotline at 1800-255 0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.
Source: Singapore Police Force