Four people have been arrested for allegedly involved in a series of scams in which they promised the victims to provide employment for about 10 people. The suspects offered to secure mobile phone contracts, but only to saddle them with phone bills, Straits Times reports.
The suspects include two men aged 39 and 45, and two women aged 19 and 20. They were reportedly offering jobs that paid $600 per day to lure the victims. Those who accepted the jobs were asked to sign up for mobile phone contracts.
The victims were told that the mobile phone contracts would be terminated immediately when they have completed the jobs, with no further charges incurred by the victims. However, once the victims had signed up for the contracts and handed over their mobile phones, the suspects became uncontactable all of sudden. They also did not terminate the contracts, making the victims to pay for the phone bills that followed.
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One of the total 10 victims was finally making move to make a report to the police on Jan 18. After the report was made, officers from Bedok Police Division conducted extensive investigations and identified the suspects in Orchard Road on Wednesday (Jan 24).
Based on the investigation, the 20-year-old female suspect will be charged with cheating in the court. If found guilty and convicted, she can be jailed for up to 10 years and had to pay certain fines. Meanwhile, further investigations are ongoing against the other three suspects.
For more information on scams, Singapore residents can visit scamalert.sg or call the anti-scam hotline on 1800-722-6688. The authority also encourages residents to report any information on such employment scams and fraud. They can submit the information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness or call the police hotline on 1800-255-0000.
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