MAN ARRESTED FOR UNAUTHORISED TRANSACTIONS USING STOLEN CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS

The Police have arrested a 29-year-old man for his suspected involvement in using stolen credit and debit cards to make unauthorised transactions.

On 25 January 2020, the Police received a report from a victim who discovered that several unauthorised purchases had been made with his credit and debit cards.

Through investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identity of the man and arrested him on 1 July 2020. Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is believed to have stolen the victim’s wallet which contained his credit/debit cards and identification card. The man purportedly used the victim’s credit/debit cards to make unauthorised transactions for purchases amounting to more than $1,800.

The man will be charged in court on 3 July 2020. The offence of theft under Section 379 of the Penal Code, carries an imprisonment term of up to 3 years, or fine, or both. The offence of cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, carries an imprisonment term of up to 10 years, and 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 or debit card; and
  • Check bank statements and alert the bank immediately should there be any discrepancies or unauthorised charges.

 

Source: Singapore Police Force