After a three-day island-wide operation conducted between 12 and 14 June 2017, 90 persons are now under investigations for their suspected involvement in various scams. The 50 men and 40 women, aged between 16 and 65, are suspected to be involved in 286 cases of scams involving more than S$1.1 million.
All of the suspects are being investigated for the offence of Cheating, which carries a punishment of imprisonment for up to 10 years and a fine under the Penal Code, or Money Laundering, which carries a punishment of imprisonment for up to 10 years and/or a fine of up to S$500,000 under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act.
The Police will continue such enforcement operations and take firm action against any party involved in scams. Persons found to have allowed their bank accounts to be used by criminals may also be investigated and prosecuted.
Members of the public should take the following precautions to avoid becoming a scam victim:
Do not share your personal information such as your identification number, bank account number, One-Time Passwords, or SMS-verification codes with anyone. Your personal information may be abused by scammers.
Bear in mind that the party you are dealing with online is a stranger. Whenever possible, pay only on delivery.
Before performing a transaction, find out how the online site safeguards your interest or can help you resolve disputes;
Buy goods from authorised dealers. If advanced 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 scammers 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.
To avoid being an accomplice to a money laundering offence, members of the public should always reject requests to use your bank accounts, as your account may be used to launder the proceeds of crime.
Source: Singapore Police Force