In an island-wide operation conducted on 3 July 2019, the Commercial Affairs Department arrested four men, aged between 20 and 25, for syndicated payment card fraud involving EZ-Reload, which is a service by EZ-Link Pte Ltd that automatically tops up a user's registered EZ-Link stored value card when it has insufficient value.

On 27 May 2019, the Police were alerted to a case of possible payment card fraud activities involving more than 1,700 EZ-Link application account holders who had defrauded EZ-Link Pte Ltd of more than $750,000 since January 2019.

Through enquiries and follow-up investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identities of the men and arrested them at various locations on 3 July 2019. Cash amounting to more than $9,000, several mobile phones, stacks of EZ-Link stored value cards, cash cards and bank cards, and several packets of cigarettes were seized as case exhibits.

A 24-year-old man will be charged in court on 4 July 2019 with the offence of abetment to commit unauthorised access to computer materials under Section 3(1) read with Section 10 of the Computer Misuse Act, Chapter 50A. If convicted, he shall be punished to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or to both. Investigations against the other men are ongoing.

The Police take a serious view against any person who may be involved in the payment card fraud activities and the perpetrators will be dealt with accordingly to the law.

Source: Singapore Police Force