SINGAPORE: A 28-year-old man has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a series of online scams involving the sale of car accessories.
Police said on Tuesday (June 28) they had received several reports between March and this month from victims who were allegedly deceived by an online seller who advertised the sale of car accessories.
After the victims made bank transfer payments, the seller allegedly failed to deliver the purchased items.
According to the first investigations, the man would be involved in other similar cases, said the police.
He will be charged in court on Tuesday with cheating. If found guilty, he faces a prison term of up to ten years and a fine.
Police have advised members of the public to only buy from authorized sellers or trusted sources, especially for high-value items.
People should also opt for buyer protection by using built-in payment options that release payment to the seller only upon delivery. Where possible, they should avoid making prepayments or direct bank transfers to the seller.
Scammers could also trick buyers into contacting them directly via messaging platforms such as WhatsApp or WeChat by offering a better or faster deal if bank transfer payments go directly to them.
To trick the buyer into thinking they are genuine sellers, scammers can also use a local bank account or provide a copy of an NRIC/driver’s license. – The Straits Times (Singapore)/Asia News Network