The Police have arrested a 23-year-old man for his suspected involvement in using another person's credit cards to make unauthorised transactions.
On 10 January 2020, the Police received a report from a victim that her belongings were stolen and there had been several unauthorised transactions made with her missing credit cards.
Through investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department and Airport Police Division established the identity of the man and arrested him on 15 January 2020. Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is believed to have found the victim's credit cards and used them to make unauthorised transactions to top up stored valued cards and for retail purchases amounting to more than $1,600/-. Three credit cards which belonged to the victim, a haversack, a facemask, some apparels, several stored valued cards and cash amounting to $100 were seized as case exhibits.
The man will be charged in court on 17 January 2020. Any person who is convicted for dishonest misappropriation of property shall be punished with a jail term which may extend to 2 years, or with a fine, or with both. Any person who is convicted for 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 would like to remind members of the public that unauthorised use of another person's credit/debit card is a serious offence.
The Police would 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; and
Check bank statements and alert the bank immediately should there be any discrepancies or fraudulent charges.
Source: Singapore Police Force