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Monday, June 24, 2024
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COUPLE FOUND CREDIT CARD & WENT ON A SHOPPING SPREE FOR GOLD AND WATCHES

The Police have arrested a 40-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman, for their suspected involvement in using a found credit card to make unauthorised retail purchases.

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On 3 March 2024, the Police received a report from a victim who discovered several unauthorised transactions had been made with her missing credit card. 

Through follow up investigations, officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division established the identities of the duo and arrested them on 3 June 2024. Preliminary investigations revealed that the woman is believed to have found the victim’s credit card and later allegedly used it, together with the man, to make unauthorised transactions amounting to more than $3,400. One watch, a bracelet and a gold chain were seized as case exhibits.

The duo will be charged in court on 4 June 2024 with the offence of cheating with common intention under Section 420 read with Section 34 of the Penal Code 1871, which is punishable with an imprisonment term of up to 10 years, and a fine.

The Police would like to remind members of the public that unauthorised use of another person’s credit/debit card information is a serious offence and take a serious view against any person who commits fraud. Perpetrators will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

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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:

Do’s

  • 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.

Don’ts

  • Do not click on URL links in unsolicited emails and text messages and give out your credit or debit card details to unknown persons;
  • Do not reveal your OTPs to anyone; and
  • Do not expose your credit or debit cards. Keep them in your purse or wallet until you are ready to make your purchases.
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