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A 28-year-old man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in a series of e-commerce scams involving the sale of Pokemon cards, the police said in a statement on Monday (June 26).
The police received several reports from victims between June 20 and 24 from victims who were purportedly cheated by an online seller who had allegedly advertised the sale of Pokemon cards on Carousell.
He allegedly received deposits from victims via PayNow and subsequently became uncontactable.
Officers established the identity of the man and arrested him on Monday.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is believed to be involved in at least eight similar cases with losses amounting to more than $9,000.
The man will be charged in court on Tuesday (June 27).
The offence of cheating carries a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine.
The police advise members of the public to take the following precautions when making online purchases:
If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. Purchase only from authorised sellers or reputable sources, especially for high-value items.
Opt for buyer protection by using in-built payment options that release payment to the seller only upon delivery. Whenever possible, avoid making advance payments or direct bank transfers to the seller as this method does not offer any protection.
Scammers may entice buyers to contact them directly through messaging platforms such as WhatsApp or WeChat by offering a better or faster deal if bank transfer payments are made directly to them. They may also use a local bank account or provide a copy of a NRIC/driver’s license to make you believe that they are genuine sellers. Do not fall for it!
For more information on scams, members of the public can visit scamalert.sg 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 www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.