Man stole woman's credit card info and made unauthorised transactions of over $10k

A 27-year-old man who stole credit card information to top up his mobile wallet and make unauthorised transactions has been arrested.

The police received a call for assistance on Sunday (August 2), at about 7.50pm, from a victim who had discovered that several unauthorised transactions had been made with her credit cards.

The man was arrested on the same day.

Further investigations by officers from the Commercial Affairs Department revealed that the man is believed to have stolen the victim’s credit card information, used it to top up his mobile wallet and made unauthorised retail and online transactions amounting to more than $10,000.

"A mobile phone, a mobile wallet containing stolen proceeds and a wallet were seized as case exhibits," said the police.

"The man will be charged in court on Tuesday (August 4) with unauthorised access to computer materials," they added in a statement.

The offence carries a fine of up to $5,000, a jail term of up to two years, or both.

In their statement, the police also reminded members of the public that unauthorised use of another person’s credit or debit card and credit or debit card information is a serious offence.

All credit and debit card holders are also advised to call their card issuing banks immediately if their credit or debit cards are lost or stolen, and to adopt the following crime prevention measures: 

  • Keep your credit or debit cards safe with you at all times;

  • Opt for an SMS notification to be sent to your mobile phone for any charges incurred on your credit or debit card; and

  • Check bank statements and alert the bank immediately should there be any discrepancies or unauthorised charges.