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A 39-year-old woman who allegedly found a credit card and used it to go on a $1,100 shopping spree will be charged in court on Friday (Sep 2).
The police said they received a report on April 25 from a victim who discovered that several unauthorised transactions had been made with her missing credit card.
Through investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the suspect's identity and arrested her on August 31.
"Preliminary investigations revealed that the woman is believed to have found the victim’s credit card and subsequently used it to make 58 unauthorised transactions amounting to more than $1,100," the police added.
A luggage bag, handbag, clothing and cosmetic products -- believed to have been purchased using the victim’s credit card -- were seized as case exhibits.
The woman will be charged in court on Friday with cheating, which carries a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine.
"Unauthorised use of another person’s credit/debit card is a serious offence," said the police, adding that they take a serious view against anyone who commits fraud and perpetrators will be dealt with in accordance with the law.
All credit/debit card holders are advised to call their card-issuing banks immediately if their 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 in for SMS notifications to be sent to your mobile phone for any charges incurred on your credit or debit cards; and
Check your bank statements and alert the bank immediately should there be any discrepancies or unauthorised charges.
Give out your credit or debit card details to unknown persons;
Reveal your One-Time Password to anyone; and
Expose your credit or debit cards. Keep them in your purse or wallet until you are ready to make your purchases.