SINGAPORE: Three people were arrested for using stolen or lost credit cards to make unauthorized purchases in two separate cases, police said on Thursday (November 15th).
In the first case, on November 3, the victim reported that his wallet containing several credit cards was stolen at a pool along Toa Payoh Lorong 6.
One of the credit cards was later used to make unauthorized purchases of over $ 6,500.
A 50-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night.
Preliminary investigations have shown that it is believed to have been involved in at least two other similar cases, police said.
In the second case, a woman who discovered her missing wallet along Choa Chu Kang Central later realized that more than $ 2,800 worth of transactions were paid to her credit cards.
Two suspects were arrested Thursday in connection with this case – a 25-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man.
The suspect aged 50 in the first case will be charged Friday with theft and deception. If found guilty of theft, he may be closed for up to three years and fined. If convicted of deception, he may be imprisoned for up to 10 years and fined.
The two suspects will be accused of deception and rogue embezzlement of property. Those convicted of this last charge may be imprisoned for up to two years and fined.
The police reminded members of the public that they are attentive to the environment and protect their assets in public and crowded places.
"Traders and sales staff are advised to exercise vigilance and adopt the correct card acceptance procedures when processing credit card transactions," the police added.
"They should take care of the names and security features on the card and contact the bank immediately for advice if suspicious activities are detected."