The Police have arrested a 32-year-old man for his suspected involvement in using a found credit card to make unauthorised transactions.
On 7 August 2020, the Police received a report from a victim who discovered that several unauthorised transactions had been made with her missing credit card.
Through investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identity of the man and arrested him on 22 September 2020. Preliminary investigations revealed that the man had allegedly obtained the victim’s credit card from a waitress by mistake and decided to keep it. He later used it to make unauthorised transactions amounting to more than $1,200.
The man will be charged in court on 23 September 2020 with cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code. The offence of cheating carries an imprisonment term of up to 10 years, and a fine. The offence of dishonest misappropriation of property carries an imprisonment term which may extend to two years, or a fine, or both.
The Police would like to remind members of the public that unauthorised use of another person’s credit or debit card is a serious offence. Credit and debit card holders are advised to adopt the following crime prevention measures:
- Keep your credit or debit cards safe with you at all times;
- Call your card issuing bank immediately if your credit or debit card is lost or stolen;
- 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 regularly and alert the bank immediately should there be any discrepancies or unauthorised charges.
Source: Singapore Police Force