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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
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242 SCAMMERS INVESTIGATED AFTER ISLAND-WIDE OPERATION

Between January 1 and 13, 2022, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department and the seven Police Land Divisions undertook a two-week operation.

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A total of 149 males and 93 women, aged 15 to 75 are now part of investigations for scam-related activities and money mules.

The suspects are suspected of being involved in over 587 cases of scams.

The types of scams suspects are investigated for:

  • Internet love scams
  • e-commerce scams
  • banking-related phishing scams
  • tech support scams
  • China/Government Officials impersonation scams
  • investment scams
  • job scams
  • loan scams

In total, the victims lost over SGD$7.2 million.

Investigations and penalties

The suspects are who are found guilty of cheating can face a maximum of 10 years in jail.

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Suspects who are found guilty for money laundering can be jailed up to a maximum of 10 years and a fine of up to SGD$500,000.

The offense of carrying on a business of providing any sort of payment service in Singapore without a license is punishable by a fine of up to $125,000, jail term for up to three years.

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 on such scams may call the Police Hotline at 1800-255-0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.

All information will be kept strictly confidential.

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