81 men and women arrested over scams totaling $1.4 million

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A total of 46 men and 35 women have been arrested for their suspected involvement in 244 cases of scams totaling more than $1.4 million.

The 81 suspects rounded up during a three-day operation between Monday and Wednesday were aged between 16 and 65, the police said in a statement on Thursday (30 March).

The suspects are being investigated for the offence of cheating or money laundering. The offence of cheating carries a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine, while money laundering carries a jail term of up to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $500,000.

Police warned members of the public to take precautions to avoid becoming a scam victim. They should not, for instance, share banking details and passwords, and should only buy goods from authorised dealers.

Members of the public should also reject requests to use their bank accounts or handphone lines.