The Police have arrested a 22-year-old man and a 19-year-old female teenager for their suspected involvement in using a found credit card to make unauthorised transactions.
On 13 July 2020, the Police received a report from a victim who discovered that several unauthorised transactions had been made with his missing credit card.
Through investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identities of the duo and arrested them on 22 October 2020. Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is believed to have found the victim’s credit card and, together with the teenager, allegedly used it to make unauthorised transactions amounting to more than $5,000. Two mobile phones, a ring, a stored value card, household appliances and electronics gadgets believed to have been purchased using the victim’s credit card, were seized as case exhibits.
The duo will be charged in court on 23 October 2020 with cheating under section 420 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail 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. 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 banks immediately if your credit or debit cards are 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