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Woman Arrested For Unauthorised Transactions Using Credit Card

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by August 29, 2019 General

The Police have arrested a 54-year-old woman for her suspected involvement in using another person’s credit card to make unauthorised transactions at retail outlets.

On 1 March 2019, the Police received a report from a victim that he had lost his credit card and there were several unauthorised transactions made on his credit card amounting to more than $700.

Through follow-up investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identity of the woman and arrested her along Toa Payoh Lorong 3 on 29 August 2019. Cosmetics purchased using the victim’s credit card, as well as receipts of these unauthorised transactions, were seized as case exhibits.

The suspect will be charged in court on 30 August 2019 with the offence of cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. Any person who is convicted for cheating, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to a fine.

The Police would like to remind members of the public to be vigilant of their surroundings and 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 handphone 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

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