Singapore police investigating 271 suspects for over 950 scam cases

184 men and 87 women being probed for being perpetrators of scams amounting to $5.3 million

A black credit card being poked in the middle by a hook over a white keyboard (Photo: Getty Images)
A credit card poked by a hook over a white keyboard (Photo: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — A total of 271 people are under probe by the police, suspected of being perpetrators of scams amounting over $5.3 million.

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) told The Straits Times on Thursday (26 January) that these suspects were being investigated following an operation conducted from 13 to 26 January by officers from the Commercial Affairs Department and seven police land divisions.

In total, 184 men and 87 women, aged between 16 and 81, are believed to be involved in more than 950 cases of scams.

Most of the scams included phishing, e-commerce, job, Internet love, investment and government officials impersonation scams. The suspects are being investigated for cheating, money laundering or provision of payment services without a licence.

Punishment for scam crimes

Cheating convicts could potentially face a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine, while money laundering carries a jail term not exceeding 10 years and/or a fine not exceeding $500,000.

Those providing payment services without a licence can be fined up to $125,000, jailed for up to three years, or both.

“To avoid being an accomplice to crimes, members of the public should always reject requests by others to use your bank account or mobile lines as you will be held accountable if these are linked to crimes,” said the police.

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