Man and woman arrested for going on $1,700 shopping spree with victim's lost credit card

A 52-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman have been arrested for allegedly using another person's credit card to make unauthorised transactions.

The police said in a statement that they received a report on Feb 27 from a victim who had discovered that several unauthorised purchases had been made with her missing credit card.

Through investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identities of the duo and arrested them on Monday (Mar 9).

Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is believed to have found the victim's credit card and used it to make unauthorised transactions for retail purchases amounting to more than $1,700.

Two mobile devices and a stored value card, which are believed to have been purchased using the victim's credit card, were seized.

The man and woman will be charged in court on Tuesday (Mar 10) with abetment by conspiracy to cheat.

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

The police would like to remind members of the public that unauthorised use of another person’s credit or debit card is a serious offence.

All credit and/or debit cardholders are advised to call their card-issuing banks immediately if their credit and/or debit cards are lost or stolen, and to adopt the following measures to prevent unauthorised use of their cards:

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

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