Singapore — A man filed a police report after seeing that his stolen credit was stolen on March 1.
The Commercial Affairs Department then sent out officers on a follow up investigation of the report.
On Thursday (Aug 29), police arrested a 54-year-old woman at Toa Payoh Lorong 3 who was identified as the suspect.
Upon arresting the woman, police retrieved several cosmetic products that the woman allegedly bought using the stolen credit card. They also found several receipts of the unauthorised transactions which indicated the man’s credit card number.
The woman spent more than S$700 on a shopping spree at various retail outlets using the man’s credit card.
If convicted of cheating, the woman faces up to 10 years of jail along with a fine.
The Singapore Police Department released a statement reminding the public to be wary of thieves and to take extra care to protect their credit card information.
Additionally, they advised merchants and sales staff to take note of proper details when processing credit/debit transactions. Staff should be aware of inconsistencies regarding the name, face, and signature of the card user and report suspicious information immediately.
The police provided simple but helpful tips on how to protect against credit card fraud:
- Opt for an SMS notification to be sent to your handphone for any charges incurred on your credit/ debit card;
- Check bank statements and alert the bank immediately should there be any discrepancies or fraudulent charges; and
- Do not give out your credit / debit card details to strangers.
Report stolen credit cards to the bank immediately to prevent further misuse by unscrupulous persons./TISG