The Police have arrested a 25-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman for their suspected involvement in a series of cheating by personation.

Between 1 and 22 July 2017, Police received several reports of victims who had rented out their cameras and accessories, and subsequently discovered that the rented items were put on sale online. They were also unable to contact the customers who had rented the items.

Officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division conducted extensive follow-up investigations to establish the identity of the two suspects believed to be involved in the scam. They were subsequently arrested on 26 July 2017 along Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8. Several camera equipment and accessories were recovered and seized. They were also found in possession of stun guns, a retractable baton as well as identity cards and a passport belonging to other individuals. Preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects would use the identities of others to rent the cameras from the victims. The duo would then put up the cameras and accessories for sale on online shopping platforms.

Police investigations are ongoing. Anyone found guilty of committing the offence of Cheating by Personation under Section 419 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, may be punished with an imprisonment term which may extend to 5 years, or with fine or with both.

Source: Singapore Police Force