The Police have arrested a 19-year-old man for his suspected involvement in a scam and other offences.
On 5 September 2020, the Police received a report from a victim, a deliveryman, who was purportedly cheated by a scammer who pretended to be a customer of the delivery service. The victim was directed to deliver an item from a seller and was asked by the scammer to make upfront payment to the seller first. The victim was assured that he would be paid upon making the delivery. After collecting the item from the seller and making the upfront payment, the victim was directed to a non-existent delivery location. The scammer, who was the same person impersonating as the seller, became uncontactable thereafter.
Through investigations, officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division established the identity of the scammer to be the 19-year-old, and arrested him on 6 October 2020. One kerambit and suspected drug paraphernalia were seized. He was also found to have driven a vehicle without a valid driving licence or car insurance.
The man will be charged in court on 8 October 2020 with cheating. Anyone found guilty of cheating under section 420 of the Penal Code Chapter 224 may be punished with imprisonment term which may extend to 10 years and shall also be liable to a fine.
Investigations against the man for other offences are ongoing. For carrying an offensive weapon in public places under Section 6 of the Corrosive and Explosive Substances and Offensive Weapons Act, he may be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years and shall also be punished with caning not less than 6 strokes. For driving without a valid licence under Section 35(1) of the Road Traffic Act, he is liable to a fine not exceeding S$10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years or both. For driving without valid insurance under Section 3(1) the Motor Vehicle Act, he is liable to a fine not exceeding S$1,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months or to both.
Source: Singapore Police Force