Five people arrested for cheating customers of face masks on Carousell

The sellers would MIA after the buyers made payments via bank transfers.
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The police received several reports from people who said they were cheated by sellers after they paid for face masks on Carousell. The sellers would become uncontactable after the buyers made payments via bank transfers.

Working with Carousell, the police identified the five following suspects:

  • A 24-year-old woman believed to be involved in more than 40 cases of e-commerce scams amounting to more than $2,500. She was arrested on Feb 3 and charged with cheating on Feb 5.
  • A 26-year-old man believed to be involved in more than two cases of e-commerce scams amounting to about $500. He was arrested on Feb 6. Investigations into his case are being carried out.
  • A 25-year-old man suspected to be involved in more than seven cases of e-commerce scams amounting to about $1,000. He was arrested on Feb 10 and investigations into his case are being done.
  • A 22-year-old man suspected to be involved in more than four cases of e-commerce scams amounting to at least $196. He was arrested on Tuesday and expected to be charged with cheating on Wednesday.
  • A 17-year-old boy believed to be involved in at least five cases of e-commerce scams amounting to more than $500. He was arrested on Tuesday and expected to be charged on Thursday with cheating.

The police said that they “take a serious view of those who take advantage of the current Covid-19 situation to perpetrate crimes”, referring to the disease caused by the coronavirus which originated from China’s Wuhan city.

They also added that all offenders will be dealt with sternly in accordance with the law.

If found guilty, they can be jailed up to 10 years and fined.

Members of the public can visit www.scamalert.sg or call the anti-scam hotline on 1800-722-6688 for more information on scams.

Anyone with information on such scams may call the police hotline on 1800-255-0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness

All information will be kept strictly confidential.

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