The Police have arrested six men, aged between 16 and 55, for payment card fraud in two separate cases involving a ride-hailing firm in Singapore. Another 35-year-old man is also assisting with investigations for his involvement in the payment card fraud.
In the first case, on 12 May 2019, the Police received a report that a ride-hailing firm was unable to receive payments from some users' accounts as they had used stolen credit card details to book rides. Preliminary investigations revealed that six men, aged between 16 and 55, are believed to be involved in syndicated payment card fraud. Two of them, aged 53 and 55, are believed to have used their debit cards for payment card fraud.
Through investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identities of five men and arrested them between 13 June and 4 September 2019. A 35-year-old man is also assisting with investigations. Seven mobile phones, four bank cards, two prepaid cards and several SIM cards were seized as case exhibits.
In the second case, on 3 September 2019, the Police received information that an 18-year-old man defrauded the same ride-hailing firm. Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is believed to have created several user accounts with the firm using prepaid cards with insufficient funds to book rides. He is believed to have solicited ride services, via these user accounts to accumulate more than $9,000 from other customers of the ride-hailing firm.
Through investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department arrested him on 4 September 2019. Two mobile phones, two bank cards and several SIM cards were seized as case exhibits.
Investigations are ongoing. Anyone who is convicted 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 take a serious view of anyone involved in criminal activities and will continue to take tough enforcement action against those found breaking the law.
Source: Singapore Police Force