The Police have arrested a 26-year-old woman for her suspected involvement in a series of cheating cases.
On 8 July 2021, the Police received a report from a victim who had received a Facebook message from his ex-colleague asking for financial help. Believing that the message was authentic, the victim transferred $300 to the bank account provided to him. The victim subsequently realised that he was purportedly cheated after learning from his ex-colleague that his social media account has been compromised.
Through follow-up investigations, officers from Jurong Police Division established the identity of the woman and arrested her on 13 July 2021. Preliminarily investigations revealed that the woman had allegedly cheated three other victims using the same modus-operandi.
Police investigations are ongoing. The offence of cheating, punishable under Section 420 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine.
Members of the public are advised to adopt the following crime prevention measures:
1. Verify whether the account is legitimate by checking with your family and friends offline.
2. Never give out your personal or bank account details, and OTP to anyone, including family and friends.
For more information on scams, members of the public can visit www.scamalert.sg or call the Anti-Scam Hotline at 1800-722-6688. Anyone with information on such scams may call the Police hotline at 1800-255-0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.
Source: Singapore Police Force