The Police have arrested two men, aged 35 and 57, for their suspected involvement in a renovation scam.
On 18 July 2019, the Police received a report from the 84-year-old victim who was purportedly cheated into paying more than $40,000 for renovation works. The victim had engaged the services of the two men to conduct minor repairs to her house. She was asked to make multiple payments amounting to $21,000 for the minimal work done. Her neighbour eventually stopped her from making a final payment of $26,000 and advised her to make a police report.
Officers from Bedok Police Division conducted investigations and established the identities of the men. Both were subsequently arrested on 19 July 2019 Cash amounting to $2,300 was seized as case exhibit.
Police investigations are ongoing.
Any person found guilty of cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, shall be punished with an imprisonment term which may extend up to 10 years and shall also be liable to a fine. For more information on scams, members of the public can visit 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