24-year-old woman arrested for going on $1,300 shopping spree with man's lost credit card

A 24-year-old woman who allegedly went on a shopping spree with a credit card that she found has been arrested.

The police said they received a report on September 2, from a victim who discovered that several unauthorised transactions had been made using his missing credit card.

Through investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the woman's identity and arrested her on Tuesday (Nov 10).

"Preliminary investigations revealed that the woman is believed to have found the victim’s credit card and had allegedly used it to make unauthorised transactions amounting to more than $1,300," said the police.

Several articles of clothing, a pair of shoes, beauty products and the victim’s credit card were seized as case exhibits.

The woman will be charged in court on Tuesday (Nov 11) with cheating, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine.

The offence of dishonest misappropriation of property carries a jail term of up to two years, a fine, or both.

The police also reminded members of the public that unauthorised use of another person’s credit or debit card is a serious offence.

Members of the public are advised to adopt the following crime prevention measures:

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

  • Call your card issuing banks immediately if your credit/debit card is lost or stolen;

  • Opt for an SMS notification to be sent to your mobile phone for any charges incurred on your credit or debit card; and

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