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Man To Be Charged For Unauthorised Transactions Using A Found Credit Card

A 49-year-old man was arrested for allegedly using a found credit card to make unauthorised transactions amounting to more than $3,000.

On 30 March 2023, the Police received a report from a victim who discovered that several unauthorised transactions had been made using his missing credit card.  Investigations revealed that the 49-year-old man had allegedly found the victim’s credit card and used it to make more than 60 unauthorised transactions for purchases such as food items and transport rides, amounting to more than $3,000. The man was also believed to be involved in a case of shop theft at a supermarket in a separate case.

The man will be charged in court on 16 June 2023 with cheating, theft in dwelling, cheating by personation and dishonest misappropriation of property under Section 420, Section 380, Section 419 and Section 403 of the Penal Code 1871 respectively. The offence of cheating carries an imprisonment term of up to 10 years and a fine. The offence of theft in dwelling carries an imprisonment term of up to seven years and a fine. The offence of cheating by personation carries an imprisonment term of up to seven years, a fine, or both. The offence of dishonest misappropriation of property carries an imprisonment term of up to two years, 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 and take a serious view against any person who commits fraud and the perpetrators will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

The Police would also like to advise all credit / debit card holders to call their card-issuing banks immediately if their credit/debit cards are lost or stolen, and to adopt the following crime prevention measures.


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

  • Opt in for SMS notifications to be sent to your mobile phone for any charges incurred on your credit or debit cards; and

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


  • Do not give out your credit or debit card details to unknown persons;

  • Do not reveal your OTPs to anyone; and

  • Do not expose your credit or debit cards. Keep the cards in your purse or wallet until you are ready to make your purchases.


15 June 2023 @ 10:35 PM
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