Recently, a 29-year-old woman was arrested by the Police for her suspected involvement in a series of cheating cases reported island-wide.
The woman was accused of advertising frames for sale on Instagram and cheating a victim of about $129 via money transfer. After the payment, the woman did not deliver the frames and became uncontactable.
The Police conducted follow-up investigations and arrested the woman on 28 February 2023. She is believed to be involved in at least 11 other similar cases of cheating with a total amount of at least $2000.
The woman will be charged in court on 3 March 2023 with cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code 1871, which carries a maximum imprisonment term of 10 years and a fine.
To prevent falling victim to such scams, the Police advise the public to take the following precautions when engaging with online services: only engage service providers from reputable sources, be wary of prices that seem too good to be true, and avoid making advance payments or direct bank transfers to service providers whenever possible.
Scammers may try to entice buyers to make deposits before services are provided, and they may use local bank accounts or provide fake identification to appear legitimate. Don’t fall for these tricks!
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