The Police have arrested a 27-year-old woman for her suspected involvement in a series of e-commerce scams.
Between 5 and 9 January 2018, the Police received several reports from victims who were purportedly cheated by an online seller who was selling Universal Studio Singapore tickets on Carousell. After payments were made by the victims via bank transfers, the seller became uncontactable.
Through follow-up investigations, officers from Central Police Division established the identity of the woman and arrested on 24 April 2019. Preliminary investigations revealed that she is believed to be involved in at least 12 cases of e-commerce scams amounting to more than $2,300.
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.
Members of the public are advised to adopt the following measures to avoid falling prey to online purchase scams:
a) Bear in mind that the party you are dealing with online is a stranger. Before performing a transaction, find out how the online site safeguards your interest or can help you resolve disputes;
b) Insist on cash on delivery especially if responding to online classified advertisements;
c) If advanced payments are required, use shopping platforms that provide arrangements to only release your payment to the seller upon your receipt of the item.
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