The Police have arrested a 32-year-old woman for her suspected involvement in using another person's credit card to make 15 unauthorised transactions amounting to more than $2,400.
On 25 July 2019, the Police received a report from a victim who discovered that several unauthorised transactions had been made with her missing credit card.
Through follow-up investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identity of the woman and arrested her on 20 November 2019. Preliminary investigations revealed that the woman had found the victim's credit card and used it to make unauthorised transactions. One gold chain, one Ez-Link card, one bag, one watch and one mobile power bank were seized.
The suspect will be charged in court on 22 November 2019 with cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. The offence carries a jail term of up to 10 years, and shall be liable to a fine.
The Police would like to remind members of the public to safeguard their belongings in public. Merchants and sales staff are advised to exercise vigilance and adopt correct card acceptance procedures when processing credit/debit card transactions. They should look out for the name and security features on the card face and contact their processing bank immediately for advice if they detect anything suspicious.
The Police would also 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;
Check bank statements and alert the bank immediately should there be any discrepancies or fraudulent charges; and
Do not give out your credit / debit card details to strangers.
Source: Singapore Police Force