Woman cheated of money by 49-year-old man she befriended on social media

A 49-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly cheating a woman of her money and is believed to be involved in several similar cases involving more than $8,100.

The police received a report from a victim on September 9 about how she had been purportedly cheated by a man she got acquainted with on social media.

"The man had befriended the victim before allegedly cheating her of her money," police said.

Through follow-up investigations, officers from Jurong Police Division established the man's identity and arrested him.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the man is believed to be involved in several other cheating cases involving more than $8,100.

The man will be charged in court on Tuesday (Oct 12) with cheating, which is punishable with a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine.

For more information on scams, members of the public may visit www.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.

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