The Police have arrested an 18-year-old woman for her suspected involvement in using stolen debit card details to top up her mobile wallet and make unauthorised online transactions.
On 16 June 2020, the Police received a report from a victim who discovered that several unauthorised online transactions had been made with her debit card.
Through investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identity of the woman and arrested her on 22 June 2020. Preliminary investigations revealed that the woman have allegedly stolen the victim’s debit card details and used it to top up her mobile wallet and make unauthorised online transactions amounting to more than $1,100. A mobile phone and baby care products, which were purchased with the stolen debit card details, were seized as case exhibits.
The woman will be charged in court on 23 June 2020. The offence of unauthorised access to computer materials carries a fine not exceeding $5,000 or an imprisonment term which may extend to 2 years, or with both.
The Police would like to remind members of the public that the unauthorised use of another person’s credit/debit card and credit/debit card details 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 crime prevention measures:
- Keep your credit or debit cards safe with you at all times;
- Opt for an SMS notification to be sent to your mobile phone for any charges incurred on your credit or debit card; and
- Check bank statements and alert the bank immediately should there be any discrepancies or unauthorised charges.
Source: Singapore Police Force