Pretending to have electronic gadgets, and tickets to the F1 race, a JJ Lin concert and even the 2018 National Day Parade, a woman tricked 28 victims on online sales platform Carousell.
Whenever Carousell acted on the victims’ reports and closed down an account belonging to Foong Si Min, the 23-year-old con woman would open a new account to continue tricking other victims.
Even after she was charged in court in August last year and released on bail, she continued to cheat other victims, resulting in the court revoking her bail in October last year.
At the State Courts on Friday (18 January), Foong was jailed for 13 months, having pleaded guilty to eight out of 32 cheating charges. The total sum involved in all her charges is $5,855.40.
Foong carried out her scams from July 2017 to October last year. She would reach out to Carousell users who advertised on their accounts that they were looking for items.
Foong would then pretend to have the items they wanted. After negotiating and agreeing on the price of each item, she would then ask the buyers to transfer either the full payment or the deposit sum.
Some victims got nothing from Foong, while others received an envelope containing a piece of blank paper that Foong mailed.
Foong has made partial restitution of $405.
For cheating and dishonestly inducing the delivery of property, she could have been jailed for up to 10 years and also fined per charge.
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