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Man Arrested For Unauthorised Transactions Using A Found Credit Card

The Police have arrested a 44-year-old man for his suspected involvement in using a found credit card to make unauthorised transactions.

On 5 September 2020, the Police received a report from a victim who discovered that several unauthorised transactions had been made with her missing credit card.

Through investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identity of the man and arrested him on 1 October 2020. Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is believed to have found the victim’s credit card and used it to make unauthorised transactions amounting to more than $2,500. A gold necklace, a stored value card, a handheld game console and some gaming accessories were seized as case exhibits.   

The man will be charged in court on 2 October 2020 with cheating and dishonest misappropriation of property, punishable under Section 420 and Section 403 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224 respectively. The offence of cheating carries an imprisonment term of up to 10 years, and a fine. The offence of dishonest misappropriation of property carries an imprisonment term which may extend to 2 years, or a fine, or both.

The Police would like to remind members of the public that unauthorised use of another person’s credit/debit card is a serious offence. Credit and debit card holders are advised to adopt the following crime prevention measures:

  • Keep your credit or debit cards safe with you at all times;

  • Call your card issuing banks immediately if your credit or debit cards are is lost or stolen;

  • Opt for an SMS notification to be sent to your mobile phone for any charges incurred on your credit or debit card; and

  • Check bank statements regularly and alert the bank immediately should there be any discrepancies or unauthorised charges.

Case exhibits seized


01 October 2020 @ 7:00 PM
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