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A 31-year-old man was arrested on Monday (Dec 3) for his suspected involvement in a series of e-commerce scams.
The police had received multiple reports between June and November 2018 from victims who were purportedly cheated by several online sellers who were renting out motor vehicles on Carousell.
After payments were made by the victims via bank transfers, the sellers became uncontactable.
Through investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the man's identity and arrested him.
According to preliminary investigations, the man is believed to be involved in more than 30 cases of e-commerce scams.
He will be charged in court today (Dec 5).
If found guilty of cheating, he is liable to a jail term of up to ten years and a fine.
Here are some precautions you can take when shopping online:
Bear in mind that the party you are dealing with online is a stranger. Before performing a transaction on an online shopping site, find out how the site safeguards your interest or can help you resolve disputes;
Insist on cash on delivery especially if responding to online classified advertisements;
If advance payments are required, use shopping platforms that provide arrangements to only release your payment to the seller upon your receipt of the item;
Be mindful that although sellers may provide a copy of an Identification Card or driver’s licence to gain your trust, it may not necessarily belong to the person communicating with you online; and
Note that scammers may use a local bank account to enhance credibility, however the owner of the account may not be the person communicating with you online.
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.