Man arrested after allegedly making incomplete payments for phones that he bought from 2 sellers

A 21-year-old man was arrested for his suspected involvement in a series of mobile phone purchase scams.

The police received two reports on May 2, from victims who had been cheated into selling their mobile phones to the suspect after the latter responded to their advertisements on Carousell.

When both parties met up for the transaction, the suspect allegedly performed incomplete online bank transfers as payments and assured the victims that the transfer would take effect two to three days later.

After receiving the mobile phones, the suspect discontinued the online transfers and remained uncontactable.

Following extensive investigations, officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division established the suspect's identity and arrested him on May 7.

The suspect will be charged in court on May 8 with cheating, which is punishable with a jail term of up to 10 years and shall also be liable to a fine.

For more information on scams, members of the public can visit or call the Anti-Scam Hotline at 1800-722-6688.

Anyone with information on such scams may call the Police hotline at 1800-255 0000 or submit information online at

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