362 individuals investigated for allegedly dishonest victims of over $11 million, Latest Singapore News
A complete of 362 individuals are being investigated for his or her alleged involvement as scammers or cash mules in scams which led to victims dropping greater than $11.1 million, the police stated on Friday (Aug 5).
Comprising 249 males and 113 girls, the 362 are believed to be concerned in additional than 1,050 scams, together with Internet love, authorities and China officers impersonation and e-commerce circumstances.
The youngest of these being investigated is 16 whereas the oldest is 82.
The police’s Commercial Affairs Department and 7 land divisions performed a two-week islandwide operation between July 22 and Aug 4.
“The suspects are being investigated for the alleged offences of cheating, money laundering or providing payment services without a licence,” stated the police.
Cheating carries an imprisonment time period of as much as 10 years and a fantastic, whereas cash laundering carries a jail time period not exceeding 10 years, a fantastic of as much as $500,000, or each.
Those discovered responsible of offering cost companies and not using a licence face a most fantastic of $125,000, a jail time period of as much as three years, or each.
To keep away from being an confederate to crimes, the general public ought to “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”, the police stated.
Last yr, victims of all varieties of scams right here misplaced not less than $633 million – greater than twice the $268.4 million misplaced in 2020.
Last week, the police stated 93 victims misplaced not less than $56.2 million to enterprise e-mail scams within the first three months of this yr.
Those with info associated to such crimes can contact the police on 1800-255-0000 or submit it at Singapore Police Force’s website.
For extra info on scams, go to Scam Alert’s website or name the Anti-Scam Hotline on 1800-722- 6688.