Couple allegedly used compromised bank card details in $37k online shopping spree

A 43-year-old man and 34-year-old woman allegedly used compromised debit and credit card details in fraudulent online purchases worth more than $37,000.

The police were alerted to the case on Oct 18.

Officers from Tanglin Police Division and the Commercial Affairs Department managed to establish the identities of the man and woman through extensive enquiries and follow-up investigations and arrested them along Bukit Batok Street on Oct 22.

Mobile phones, a desktop, an assortment of branded cosmetics, handbags, apparels and several boxes of electronic and electrical items were seized.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the compromised debit and credit card details were used in these fraudulent purchases and investigations are ongoing.

Anyone who is convicted of abetment by conspiracy to cheat under Section 420 read with Section 109 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, can be jailed for up to 10 years, and shall also be liable to a fine.

The police advise all debit and credit card holders to safeguard their card details, and not to disclose sensitive banking information to anyone.

They are also advised to be prudent when making online payments using their card details and to visit reliable websites for online shopping.