The Singapore Police have arrested a 26-year-old man for his suspected involvement in a series of Internet love scams.
In a press release, the police said that the Police received multiple reports from victims who were allegedly cheated by a man who developed a fictitious online persona and befriended them on various dating platforms between 11 May 2021 and 13 May 2022.
The man would purportedly cheat these victims by asking them to transfer a total of more than $31,000 for various purposes, such as the repayment of credit card bills and payment of his daily expenses, they added.
Through follow-up investigations, officers from Bedok Police Division established the identity of the man and arrested him on 17 May 2022.
Police investigations are ongoing.
The offence of cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code carries an imprisonment term of up to 10 years and a fine.
For more information on scams, members of the public can visit scamalert.sg or call the Anti-Scam Hotline at 1800-722-6688.
Anyone with information on such scams may call the Police Hotline at 1800-255-0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.
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