Man posed as CNB officer by showing woman handcuffs, cheated her into signing up for mobile lines

A 29-year-old man has been arrested for impersonating a public servant, cheating and possessing handcuffs, the police said in a news release on Thursday night (Feb 28).

The police received a report on Feb 28 at 4.32am from a woman that a man, identifying himself as a Central Narcotic Bureau (CNB) officer, had allegedly cheated her into signing up for several mobile lines, and asked her to hand over the mobile phones that were purchased using those lines.

The man was arrested five hours later along Tampines Avenue 7 by officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the man had tried to convince the victim that he was a CNB officer by showing her a pair of handcuffs.

The handcuffs were seized as a case exhibit.

He will be charged in court with impersonating a public servant.

If found guilty, he may be jailed up to two years, fined, or both.

Those convicted of cheating may be jailed up to 10 years and fined, while those found guilty of possessing handcuffs may be fined up to $5,000, jailed up to one month, or both.