Man arrested for allegedly posing as journalist to cheat hawker of $500

Hannah Teoh
Senior Content Producer
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The Singapore Police Force has arrested a 39-year-old man who allegedly posed as a newspaper reporter and cheated a hawker of $500.

On 22 June, the police said they received a report from a victim who had purportedly been cheated by a man who claimed to be a journalist from Shin Min newspaper and said he sold “advertising packages” to hawkers. The man became uncontactable after the victim paid him $500 for such a package.

Separately, Shin Min also made a police report about the man. Officers from Tanglin Division conducted extensive investigations and established the identity of the suspect. The suspect was arrested at Blk 112 Bukit Purmei on 27 June. Police investigations are ongoing.

Anyone found guilty of cheating may be jailed a maximum of 10 years and fined.