June 15, 2024

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Inside Look by Police: The Capture of an Elaborate Scammer

Written by Alethea Lee

In an investigation spanning from October 2018 to June 2020, authorities probed into multiple reports of scamming activities by Poh Zhenlong Caine. The culprits targeted a well-known e-commerce platform for his fraudulent schemes. Poh sold counterfeit tickets for popular venues like Universal Studios Singapore and several concerts, leading the Anti-Scam Command (ASCom) to quickly embark on investigating the case against Poh.

The deceitful tactics utilized by Poh were diverse and multifaceted. He created an array of fabricated tickets using multiple email accounts, which he set up using phone numbers obtained through various Facebook groups.

The unsuspecting victims received edited images of tickets, found by Poh on the internet, and then transferred money as payment to various bank accounts provided by the perpetrator. Following the transaction, Poh would sever all contact with the victims. He ensured his digital footprint was hidden by using a Virtual Private Network whenever he was online to orchestrate his scams. The collected funds were then squandered on online gambling by Poh.

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Embarking on the investigation, ASCOM officers first identified the phone numbers used by Poh to set up the e-commerce accounts. Next, they traced the flow of victims’ transferred funds. As the investigation continued over months, the officers unraveled how Poh channelled his gambling winnings into his mother’s and deceased father’s bank accounts which had large and suspicious transactions.

A strategic move on 16 June 2020 led ASCom officers in a raid arresting Poh and confiscating extensive proofs of his fraudulent dealings.

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Poh’s unethical exploits led to 396 innocent victims losing a staggering over $108,000. Found guilty of his heinous actions, Poh was imposed a five-year imprisonment sentence and a $17,000 fine. It’s clear from this example that authorities are vigilant and penalise those caught in acts of scamming.

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#### Frequently Asked Questions

1. What was the scale of Poh’s scamming operations?

Poh’s scams were extensive. He used complex methods to scam 396 victims out of more than $108,000. His illicit activities spanned from October 2018 to June 2020.

2. How were the authorities able to identify Poh’s illegal activities?

The Anti-Scam Command (ASCom) authorities conducted a thorough investigation. Starting by screening the phone numbers that Poh used to create fake accounts on the e-commerce platform, followed by analysing the victims’ fund transfers. They eventually found Poh’s online gambling winnings were funneled into suspicious bank accounts. These leads allowed the officers to identify and arrest Poh.

3. What kind of sentences do scammers like Poh face?

The penalties for scams are severe, reflecting the seriousness law enforcement places on these offenses. Poh, convicted for his scams, was sentenced to jail for five years and required to pay a fine of $17,000.