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TWO M’SIAN MAN STOLE CREDIT CARD INFO AND GOES ON SHOPPING SPREE IN MALAYSIA

The Police have arrested two Malaysian men, aged 22 and 29, for their suspected involvement in using stolen credit card information via mobile payment service to make unauthorised transactions amounting to more than $28,000.   

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On 11 April 2024, the Police were alerted to a case of suspected fraud using mobile payment service. Through investigations, officers from the Anti-Scam Command established the identities of the men and arrested them on 16 April 2024. Preliminary investigations revealed that the two men and their accomplices had allegedly provisioned stolen credit card information in mobile payment service in Malaysia, and later used them to make several unauthorised transactions of luxury goods and mobile devices amounting to more than $28,000 in Singapore. Upon their arrests, several mobile phones, an EZ-link card, and cash amounting to more than S$3,000 and MYR900 were seized as case exhibits. Efforts are still ongoing to trace their accomplices. 

The men will be charged in court on 18 April 2024 with abetment by conspiracy to cheat under Section 420 read with Section 109 of the Penal Code 1871. The offence carries 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.

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:

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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’t’s

  • 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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