Man arrested for cheating company out of more than $11k by returning fake devices to get full refunds

A 28-year-old man was arrested for allegedly cheating an e-commerce company in a series of refund frauds.

The police received a report from an e-commerce company on Aug 18 that the suspect had, on multiple occasions, allegedly used fake particulars to purchase mobile phones and tablet devices, and subsequently returned fake devices in order to receive full refunds.

The total losses amounted to more than $11,200.

Through investigations, officers from Bedok Division established the identity of the suspect and arrested him on Sept 27.

Dummy set handphones in Apple and Samsung boxes, sticker seals for the handphone boxes and a laptop were among the case exhibits seized.

Police investigations are ongoing against the man for the offence of cheating, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine.

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