The Singapore Police Force has arrested 10 people today (16 Jan) for their suspected involvement in registering prepaid SIM cards illegally which was likely used in crimes.
The crimes include scams, unlicensed moneylending and various vices.
The arrests came after raids were conducted on 17 handphone shops around the island.
The places where these shops were located at are:
- Pasir Ris
- Jurong West
- Boon Lay
- Desker Road
- Syed Alwi Road
- Rochor Canal Road.
Seen searching shops
Police who were involved in the raids were seen searching the shops for evidence of such crimes by checking the SIM Cards in the shops as well as interviewing some of the attendants in the shops.
Some eventually left with the Police for further questioning.
All in all, nine men and a woman were placed under arrest.
They are between the ages of 31 and 56.
Items seized by the Police include laptops, handphones, SIM cards, copies of passports, printers and relevant documents which are related to the crime.
Suspected of fraudulent registration of SIM cards
All of them were arrested for their suspected involvement in registering the SIM cards with particulars of customers and foreigners who have left the country or who did not suspect anything by using computer systems full of data of these people.
The SIM cards were then sold to people who wanted to keep their identities under wrap.
Another 15 men and nine women are also assisting the Police investigations.
Laws in Singapore
Under the laws in Singapore of the Computer Misuse Act 1993, the doings are under the offence of unauthorised modification of computer material under section 5(1) and the penalties for committing such offences are a fine of up to $10,000 and/or jail of up to three years.
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