MAN TO BE CHARGED FOR DISCLOSING SINGPASS LOGIN DETAILS USED BY SCAM SYNDICATES FOR MONEY LAUNDERING
A 26-year-old man will be charged in court on 9 December 2022 for his suspected involvement in knowingly disclosing his Singpass login details to other persons. His Singpass was allegedly used by criminals to open bank accounts online and these bank accounts were purportedly used to launder proceeds of crime by scam syndicates.
In May 2022, the man responded to an Instagram message which offered him cash in exchange for his Singpass details. After he allegedly handed over his Singpass login details, a syndicate was able to register five bank accounts with HSBC, CIMB, SCB and UOB in his name. The bank accounts were subsequently used to launder proceeds of crime amounting to more than $650,000.
For disclosing his Singpass login details, the man will be charged in court under Section 8(2)(a) of the Computer Misuse Act 1993. If convicted, he will be liable to an imprisonment term not exceeding three years and a fine not exceeding $10,000, or both, for first-time offenders.
The Police take a serious view of these offences. The Police will not hesitate to take action against individuals who may be involved in scams, and deal with perpetrators in accordance with the law. To avoid being an accomplice to crime, members of the public should always reject seemingly attractive money-making opportunities promising fast and easy pay-outs for the use of their Singpass accounts, bank accounts or allow their personal accounts to be used to receive and transfer money for others. Remember that you will be held accountable if these are linked to crimes.
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.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
08 December 2022 @ 11:20 AM