Man arrested for Grab/Uber promotional scam

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A 47-year-old man has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a series of promotional package scams centred on popular ride-hailing apps Grab and Uber, said police on Tuesday (28 March).

In late February this year, several victims lodged police reports about cheap Grab and Uber promotional packages. They were introduced to the scheme by friends who had come across these promotions by word of mouth.

The victims were asked to contact the seller via Whatsapp, and instructed to transfer money to bank accounts to purchase the packages. However, they were unable to redeem the rides after making payment. Subsequently, the seller also became uncontactable.

Following extensive investigations by officers from Bedok Division, the suspect was arrested last Friday. Investigations are ongoing. 

Police advise members of the public to purchase rides only from official sources and to always exercise caution when purchasing items at prices that sound too good to be true. When in doubt, call the anti-scam helpline at 1800-722 6688 or visit www.scamalert.sg.

Anyone found guilty of the offence of cheating may be fined and/or imprisoned for up to 10 years.