The Police have arrested a 39-year-old woman for her suspected involvement in using a found credit card to make unauthorised transactions amounting to more than $1,100.
On 25 April 2022, the Police received a report from a victim who discovered that several unauthorised transactions had been made with her missing credit card.
Through investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identity of the woman and arrested her on 31 August 2022. Preliminary investigations revealed that the woman is believed to have found the victim’s credit card and subsequently used it to make 58 unauthorised transactions amounting to more than $1,100. A luggage bag, handbag, clothing and cosmetic products believed to have been purchased using the victim’s credit card, were seized as case exhibits.
The woman will be charged in court on 2 September 2022 with cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code 1871. The offence carries an imprisonment term of up to 10 years, and a fine.
Unauthorised use of another person’s credit/debit card is a serious offence. The Police take a serious view against any person who commits fraud, and perpetrators will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
The Police would like to advise all credit/debit card holders to call their card-issuing banks immediately if their credit/debit cards are lost or stolen, and to adopt the following crime prevention measures:
- Keep your credit or debit cards safe with you at all times;
- Opt in for SMS notifications to be sent to your mobile phone for any charges incurred on your credit or debit cards; and
- Check your bank statements and alert the bank immediately should there be any discrepancies or unauthorised charges.
- Give out your credit or debit card details to unknown persons;
- Reveal your One-Time Password to anyone; and
- Expose your credit or debit cards. Keep them in your purse or wallet until you are ready to make your purchases.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
01 September 2022 @ 9:00 PM