The police have arrested and charged a 45-year-old man believed to be involved in at least four cases of cheating targeting car repair workshops.
Several owners of car repair workshops told the police than a man had called the victims claiming that his car had either broken down or was involved in an accident overseas.
He would then promise that his car would be sent to the victims’ workshops for repairs but needed money for the preliminary towing services.
Enticed by his offer, the unsuspecting victims had transferred money amounting to about S$5000 into different bank accounts provided by the man.
He was arrested on 4 Oct at about 245pm at a budget hotel along Port Road and was charged today for Cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code which carries a maximum jail term of 10 years and also a fine.
Assistant commissioner of Police Hsu Sin Yun advised owners of car repair workshops to take note of such similar ruse and practice due diligence in checking on the particulars of such individuals before parting with their money.