The Police have arrested a 35-year-old man for his suspected involvement in a case of attempted extortion.

On 27 September 2018 at about 7pm, the Police received a report from Standard Chartered Bank, informing that they have received anonymous emails demanding $500,000/- in exchange for non-leakage of confidential information belonging to the bank.

Through follow-up investigations by officers from Bedok Police Division, the identity of the suspect was established and he was arrested along Kovan Road on 30 September 2018. Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is believed to have used multiple fictitious email accounts to deliver the emails. He is also believed to have used overseas registered mobile lines and 'Virtual Private Network' services to mask his identity to evade detection. Several laptops and mobile phones were seized from the suspect in connection with the case.

The man will be charged in court on 2 October 2018 with attempted extortion under Section 385 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, which carries an imprisonment term of not less than two years and not more than 5 years and with caning.

Source: Singapore Police Force