Man, 32, arrested after going on $5k shopping spree with another man's debit cards

A 32-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly using stolen debit cards to make unauthorised transactions.

The police said in a statement that they received a report on July 26 from a victim who had discovered that several unauthorised transactions had been made with his debit cards.

Officers identified the culprit and arrested him on Aug 2.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is believed to have used the victim's debit cards to purchase items such as shoes, handphones, wallets and watches amounting to more than $5,000.

Several shoes, watches, handphones, wallets and the victim's debit cards were seized as case exhibits.

The man will be charged with cheating on Aug 4.

The offence carries a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine.

The police remind members of the public that unauthorised use of another person's credit/debit card is a serious offence and take a serious view against any person who commits fraud and the perpetrators will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

All credit/debit card holders are advised to call their card-issuing banks immediately if their credit/debit cards are lost or stolen, and to adopt the following crime prevention measures:


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

  • Opt in for SMS notifications to be sent to your mobile phone for any charges incurred on your credit or debit cards; and

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


  • Do not give out your credit or debit card details to unknown persons;

  • Do not reveal your OTPs to anyone; and

  • Do not expose your credit or debit cards. Keep the cards in your purse or wallet until you are ready to make your purchases.