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Police’s quick action gets trio who tricked old woman to part with $50K in DHL scam arrested

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After a 65-year-old woman lodged a report at about 4pm on 14 Jul about a suspected DHL scam, the Police has arrested three men for their suspected involvement the scam.

The woman was told that the customs department in China has detained her parcel containing illegal goods and threatened her with legal action unless she transferred money to a local ban account. The woman transferred $50,000 to that account out of fear.

Police officers from the Jurong Division through quick investigations established the identity of the 21-year-old suspect who had withdrawn the money from a bank. The suspect was arrested less than three hours after the report was made, at Ang Mo Kio Hub. Police also arrested two other suspects, both aged 22, at Tuas at about 8.45pm.

The three of them will be charged in court on Saturday (16 Jul). Police did not release further details like the nationalities of those arrested. Police said that since March, they have received more than 50 reports of scammers impersonating overseas officials, tricking their victims into sending more than S$4 million in total.

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