8 handphone shops from Yishun to Beach Road raided, 4 men arrested for illegal SIM cards

Four men, aged between 25 and 44, were arrested for their suspected involvement in the fraudulent registration of postpaid SIM cards in a two-day island-wide operation conducted on Oct 12 and 13, said the police.

Officers from the Anti-Scam Command conducted simultaneous raids targeting eight handphone shops in Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Woodlands, Admiralty, Selegie Road, Indus Road and Beach Road.

Six men and three women, aged between 23 and 57, are assisting with investigations.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the handphone shop retailers were believed to have accessed computer systems containing registration information for postpaid SIM cards.

They had purportedly pre-registered postpaid SIM cards using particulars of others, such as their unsuspecting customers or foreigners, and sold them to customers who wanted to conceal their identities.

An assortment of paraphernalia such as mobile phones and SIM cards were seized during the operation.

Such fraudulently registered postpaid SIM cards can be exploited as an anonymous channel of communication for unlicensed moneylending, scams, and vice, among other illicit activities. Scam syndicates were also found to have used such postpaid SIM cards to contact victims and to communicate amongst themselves, so as to evade possible detection.

Investigations are ongoing.

The offence of unauthorised modification of computer material carries a fine of up to $10,000, an imprisonment term not exceeding three years, or both.

The offence of illegally obtaining personal information carries a fine of up to $10,000, an imprisonment term not exceeding three years, or both.