The Police will be charging two men, aged 30 and 33, for their suspected involvement in a case of a remittance scam.
On 13 July 2022, the Police received a report from the victim who was believed to be robbed of $35,000.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the victim had gotten to know the 33-year-old man through WeChat after sharing her intention to exchange currencies in a group chat. On 13 July 2022, the victim met up with the 33-year-old man and another 30-year-old man who allegedly handed a sum of $35,000 to the victim. After verifying the money, the victim arranged to transfer the equivalent amount in Chinese Yuan to a stipulated China bank account. As soon as the transfer was processed, the 30-year-old man allegedly grabbed the bag containing the $35,000, and fled with the 33-year-old man.
Through investigations and with the aid of images from Police and CCTV cameras, officers from Bedok Police Division established the identities of the two men and arrested them on 14 July 2022.
Both men will be charged in court on 16 July 2022 with an offence of cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code 1871. The offence carries an imprisonment term of up to 10 years and a fine.
For more information on scams, members of the public 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. All information will be kept strictly confidential.
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
15 July 2022 @ 10:50 AM