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Man Arrested For Unauthorised Transactions Using Credit Cards

by July 2, 2019 Legal Judicial

The Police have arrested a 32-year-old man for his suspected involvement in using credit card details belonging to others, to make unauthorised purchases of mobile subscription plans.

On 1 July 2019 at about 10.30am, the Police received a report from a telecommunications company that they received several chargebacks requests from banks between 22 May 2019 to 18 June 2019, relating to unauthorised transactions made using different credit cards. The purchases were made for mobile subscription plans which included the delivery of four mobile phones worth at least $2,600.

Through follow up investigations and ground enquiries, officers from Tanglin Police Division established the identity of the man and arrested him on the same day. Further investigations revealed that the man was believed to be involved in other similar cases. One mobile phone was seized as case exhibit.

The man will be charged in court on 3 July 2019 with unauthorised access to computer material under Section 3(1) of the Computer Misuse Act, Chapter 50A. If convicted, he shall be punished with a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both and, in the case of a second or subsequent conviction, to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or to both.

The Police would like to advise all credit / debit card holders to adopt the following measures to prevent unauthorised use of their cards:

a. Opt for SMS OTP verification for purchases or charges to your credit / debit cards;

b. Opt for an SMS to be sent to your handphone for any charges incurred on your credit / debit card;

c. Check the bank statements and alert the bank immediately should there be any discrepancies or fraudulent charges.

Source: Singapore Police Force