WOMAN ARRESTED FOR UNAUTHORISED TRANSACTIONS USING A FOUND CREDIT CARD

The Police have arrested a 24-year-old woman for her suspected involvement in using a credit card she found to make unauthorised transactions.

On 2 September 2020, the Police received a report from the victim who discovered that several unauthorised transactions had been made using his missing credit card.

Through investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identity of the woman and arrested her on 10 November 2020. Preliminary investigations revealed that the woman is believed to have found the victim’s credit card and had allegedly used it to make unauthorised transactions amounting to more than $1,300. Several articles of clothing, a pair of shoes, beauty products and the victim’s credit card were seized as case exhibits.

The woman will be charged in court on 11 November 2020 with cheating under section 420 of the Penal Code, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine. The offence of dishonest misappropriation of property carries a jail term of up to 2 years, 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. Members of the public 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/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 your bank statements and alert the bank immediately should there be any discrepancies or unauthorised charges.

 

 

Source: Singapore Police Force