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17 Y.O UNDER INVESTIGATIONS: SCAMMING FELLOW GAMERS ONLINE VIA PAYNOW

The Police are investigating a 17-year-old teenager for his suspected involvement in a series of e-commerce scams.

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Between June to October 2022, Police received multiple reports from victims who were purportedly cheated by an online seller who had advertised the sale of online booster accounts for an online game.  Upon expressing their interest to purchase the booster account, victims were told to make payment via Paynow. After payment has been made, the seller became uncontactable.

Through investigations, officers from Woodlands Police Division managed to establish the identity of the teenager on 16 November 2022. Preliminary investigations revealed that the teenager is believed to be involved in at least four cases of online cheating.

Investigations are ongoing. The offence of cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code 1871 carries an imprisonment term of up to 10 years, and a fine.

For more information on scams, members of the public can visit www.scamalert.sg or call the Anti-Scam hotline at 1800-722-6688. Anyone with information related to such scams may call the Police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.

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