The Police have arrested a 32-year-old woman for her suspected involvement in using another person’s credit card to make unauthorised transactions.

On 8 December 2019, the Police received a report from a victim who discovered that several unauthorised purchases had been made with his missing credit card.

Through investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identity of the woman and arrested her on 10 December 2019. Preliminary investigations revealed that the woman is believed to have found the victim’s credit card and used it to make unauthorised transactions for retail purchases amounting to more than $5,700/-. An assortment of apparels, handbags and footwear, which are believed to have been purchased using the victim’s credit card, and several transaction receipts were seized as case exhibits.

The woman will be charged in court on 11 December 2019. Anyone who is convicted of cheating shall be punished with a jail term of up to 10 years, and shall be liable to a fine. Anyone who is convicted of dishonest misappropriation of property shall be punished with a jail term which may extend to 2 years, or with a fine, or with both.

The Police would like to remind members of the public that unauthorised use of another person’s credit/debit card is a serious offence.

The Police would 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:

Opt for an SMS notification to be sent to your mobile phone for any charges incurred on your credit/debit card; and

Check bank statements and alert the bank immediately should there be any discrepancies or fraudulent charges.

The Police would also like to remind merchants and sales staff to exercise vigilance and adopt correct card acceptance procedures when processing credit card transactions. They should look out for the various security features on the card face. If they detect anything suspicious, they should contact their processing bank immediately for advice.

Source: Singapore Police Force