June 16, 2024

Authorities have apprehended a duo of Malaysian males, aged 22 and 29, for allegedly engaging in illicit activities involving the misuse of purloined credit card details through a mobile payment service, leading to unauthorized dealings worth over $28,000.

On April 11, 2024, the police force was notified about a probable fraud scheme involving a mobile-based payment service. The Anti-Scam Command’s detailed investigations revealed the identity of the individuals, leading to their arrest five days later. Initial findings suggest that the pair, along with other accomplices, had reportedly applied the stole credit card details with the mobile payment service in Malaysia and subsequently utilized them to perform numerous unauthorized transactions, purchasing luxury commodities and mobile gadgets worth in excess of $28,000 in Singapore. Multiple mobile phones, an EZ-link card and cash totaling over S$3,000 and MYR900 were seized at the time of detention as evidence related to the case. The manhunt for their accomplices is still under progress.

On April 18, 2024, the arrested duo will be presented in court for facilitating a conspiracy to commit fraud, a charge under Section 420 in conjunction with Section 109 of the Penal Code from 1871. The crime attracts a penalty of up to 10 years of imprisonment along with a fine.

Such illegal usage of someone else’s credit/debit card details is viewed gravely by the police force, and anyone engaging in fraudulent activities will face strict legal actions.

To prevent potential cases of fraud, all credit/debit card users are requested to immediately reach out to their respective banks if they discover a loss or theft of their card, and adopt the following security steps:

The Guiding Do’s

  • Maintain the security of your payment cards at all times;
  • Activate SMS alerts for transactions made using your payment card;
  • Scan your bank statements vigilantly and report to your bank in case any discrepancies or unauthorised charges are noticed.

The Essential Don’ts

  • Avoid clicking on web links within unsolicited emails and messages, and refrain from sharing your payment card details with strangers;
  • Never share your OTP with anyone;
  • Minimize your card exposure. Keep it in safe custody until it’s time to make your payment.

Evidence Gathered in the Case ▼

PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
17 April 2024 at 9:33 PM