Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Singapore Police arrested four people on alleged Facebook scams


Four people connected to a series of Facebook scams have been arrested, including a 31-year-old man who is believed to be the mastermind.

Between June and July this year, police received several complaints that a Facebook user, by the name of "Nicole Tay", allegedly cheated at least 16 men of more than S$10,000.

The suspect was believed to have used a fictitious Facebook account, claiming that "she" could not afford to pay rent and was in urgent need of money.
After receiving payment, "Nicole" would disappear.

On August 30, the police mounted an operation around Commonwealth Crescent and arrested two male teenagers aged 16 and 17.

Early investigations found that they had assisted in the crime by allowing their bank accounts to be used in the scam.

A 31-year-old man, believed to be the mastermind, was arrested in Jurong West on September 8. His 24-year-old female accomplice was also arrested.

The alleged mastermind has been charged with cheating. If convicted, he faces a jail term of up to ten years and a possible fine.

source: Channel News Asia

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