The Police have arrested two men, aged 26, and 31, for their suspected involvement in a series of e-commerce scams involving the sale of counterfeit Apple AirPods on e-commerce platform Carousell.
Between 11 and 15 March 2023, the Police received several reports lodged by victims who suspected that they were cheated into purchasing counterfeit AirPods on Carousell. The counterfeit AirPods were represented as authentic and deceptively packaged in sealed boxes with serial numbers. However, after the victims received the products, the items were found to be counterfeits.
Through follow-up investigations, officers from Bedok Police Division established the identities of the two men and arrested them on 17 March 2023. Eighteen boxes of counterfeit Apple AirPods and three mobile phones were seized as case exhibits.
The men will be charged in court on 18 March 2023 with the offence of cheating under section 420 of the Penal Code 1871. The offence carries an imprisonment term of up to ten years and a fine.
The Police take a serious view against any person involved in scams, and perpetrators will be dealt with sternly in accordance with the law.
If you have information related to such crimes or if you are in doubt, please call the Police Hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit it online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness. For more information on scams, members of the public can visit www.scamalert.sg or call the Anti-Scam Hotline at 1800-722-6688.
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
18 March 2023 @ 7:40 AM