The Police have arrested a 31-year-old woman for her suspected involvement in more than 24 unauthorized debit card transactions.
On 22 Dec 2018, Police received a report from a victim that there were multiple unauthorized transactions made with her debit card.
Through extensive enquiries and investigations, officers from Bedok Police Division established the identity of the woman and arrested her on 10 June 2019.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the woman is believed to have obtained the card details during the course of her work. She later used them to pay for her private-hire rides and make unauthorised online purchases. The woman is believed to be involved in at least one other case of unauthorised transactions.
The woman will be charged in court on 12 June 2019 with unauthorised access to computer material under Section 3(1) of the Computer Misuse Act, Chapter 50A. She shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years, or to both.
The Police would like to advise all credit/debit card holders to adopt the following measures to prevent unauthorised use of their cards:
a. Opt for SMS OTP verification for purchases or charges to your credit / debit cards;
b. Opt for an SMS to be sent to your handphone for any charges incurred on your credit / debit card;
c. Check bank statements and alert the bank immediately should there be any discrepancies or fraudulent charges; and
d. Do not give out your credit / debit card details to strangers.
Source: Singapore Police Force