Man allegedly went on $2,700 shopping spree after finding card holder at void deck

A 24-year-old man was arrested for allegedly using misappropriated credit cards to perform over $2,700 worth of unauthorised transactions.

The police said they received a report on June 22 from a victim who discovered several unauthorised transactions made using his missing credit cards.

Through investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the suspect's identity and arrested him on Thursday (July 7).

"Preliminary investigations revealed that the man had found the victim’s card holder at a void deck which contained several credit cards," police added.

"He then allegedly used two of the credit cards to make a total of 33 unauthorised transactions amounting to more than $2,700."

A pair of shoes, five bottles of perfume and four bottles of facial products purchased using the credit cards were recovered and seized as case exhibits.

The cardholder containing several credit cards was also recovered and seized as a case exhibit.

The man will be charged in court on Friday with cheating, which is punishable with a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine.

The police reminded members of the public that the unauthorised use of another person’s credit or debit card is a serious offence, adding that they take a serious view against anyone who commits fraud.

"Perpetrators will be dealt with in accordance with the law," they said.

All credit and debit card holders are advised to call their card-issuing banks immediately if their 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;

  • Call your card-issuing bank immediately if your credit or debit cards are lost or stolen;

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

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

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