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Singapore— A 22-year-old lady has been arrested for her suspected involvement in an internet love rip-off.
She is suspected to have posed as a male to begin a relationship with one other lady and con presents from her.
The police reported her arrest on Tuesday (April 6).
In a press release, the police mentioned they obtained a report concerning such a rip-off earlier this 12 months, on Feb 4.
A 21-year-old lady had been befriended by the scammer, who posed as male of their social media exchanges.
They quickly developed a relationship, whereby the scammer is alleged to have cheated the sufferer into shopping for gaming credit and presents for her.
Officers from Bedok Police Division investigated the case, and have been in a position to decide the identification of the scammer.
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She was arrested on Wednesday (Apr 6). Investigations are ongoing regarding her alleged rip-off.
In accordance with the police, “The offence of dishonest, punishable underneath part 420 of the Penal Code, carries a jail time period of as much as 10 years, and a high quality.”
The police warned the general public to take precautions when making buddies on-line and to be very cautious when requested for cash or presents for individuals they’ve by no means met. These requests may very well be a rip-off, the police mentioned within the press launch.
“For extra data on scams, members of the general public can go to scamalert.sg or name the Anti-Rip-off Hotline at 1800-722-6688. Anybody with data on such scams could name the Police hotline at 1800-255 0000 or submit data on-line at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness,” the police added.
The next are the signs to look out for in a love scam:
- a occupation of timeless love very quickly after assembly on-line
- utilizing loving phrases and provides of sending presents with a view to achieve curiosity
- excuses to not make video calls
- sudden tales of dangerous issues occurring to them, accompanied with requests for assist (normally monetary)
There were 820 cases of love scams in 2020, the second-highest quantity in recent times, second solely to 2017, when there have been 826 instances.
“The Police want to alert members of the general public of a brand new variant of Web love scams, the place the victims have been purportedly requested to help in transferring funds from faux financial institution web sites.
In these instances, the scammers would befriend the victims on social media platforms. Thereafter, scammers would supply the victims with a faux financial institution web site and login credentials and request the victims’ help to switch funds. After logging into the faux banking web sites with these login credentials, the victims found that they might not make any transfers from the account. The victims would then be satisfied to pay administrative costs with a view to full the fund transfers, or switch the funds required by the scammers from their very own accounts as an alternative. Victims finally realised that they have been scammed when the scammers turned uncontactable, or have been requested by the scammers to switch funds a number of occasions.”
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