A 45 y.o man along with a 32 y.o woman have been arrested by the Singapore Police Force (SPF) for their suspected roles in a recent hotel room package scam as they did not fulfill their part of the deal after receiving payments from their alleged victims.
Police had received multiple reports in December from victims who did not get their rooms after they have paid for them.
They had all came across an advertisement on Carousell, and had reached out to the man via Whatsapp.
Bank transfers and PayNows were made to the man to secure the bookings, but they eventually did not get what they had spent their money on.
The man was picked up by Officers from the Woodlands Police Division after his identity was established by the officers through their investigations.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that the man was suspected to be involved in 29 similar cases amounting to $30,000.
He will be charged today with cheating and if guilty faces 10 years in jail and fine.
Several reports were made this month against the woman who allegedly cheated several victims by offering them room packages at a discount for various popular hotels in Singapore.
The ads were placed on an unknown social media platform.
The victims who had made payments also failed to get their rooms after making the transfers.
Officers from the Commercial Affairs Department arrested her after uncovering her identity.
She is suspected to be involved in more than 300 cases totaling $400,000.
The Police issued an advisory warning the public to beware of such scams and said that if the pricing is too good to be true, it will usually end up as a scam.
Anyone who wishes to have more information on scams can visit 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.
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