The Police have arrested a 48-year-old man for his suspected involvement in using another person's credit card to make unauthorised transactions, and forgery for the purpose of cheating.

On 13 June 2019, the Police received a report from the victim who discovered that unauthorised retail purchases had been made on his credit card. He also discovered that someone had forged his signature and issued his cheques without his consent.

Through follow-up investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identity of the man and arrested him along Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 on 10 September 2019. A credit card which belonged to the victim was found in the man's possession and seized as case exhibit. Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is believed to have stolen the credit card and had made 13 unauthorised transactions amounting to more than $5,200/-. He is also believed to have stolen the victim's cheques, and later used them to make payments after forging the victim's signature.

The man will be charged in court on 11 September 2019 with the offences of cheating and forgery for the purpose of cheating under Section 420 and Section 468 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, respectively. 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. Any person who is convicted for forgery for the purpose of 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:

Source: Singapore Police Force