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Phone cheats arrested for selling boxes containing metal plates

Here's some advice: If you think you've found yourself a really good online deal, you'd better check to make sure before handing over your money.

At least six people have been duped by two suspects who cheated their victims by selling them empty mobile phone boxes containing metal plates.

Police arrested the serial cheaters - a 27-year-old female and a 34-year-old male - on Thursday afternoon (June 18) in Woodlands following a lengthy investigation, having received several reports from as early as last September.

After luring their victims with online advertisements, the woman would meet up with the buyers to collect payment while handing them what they believed to be a sealed package containing the phone of their choice.

But the victims would later open the box to find metal plates instead of the phone they wanted.

During the arrest, police seized empty mobile phone boxes and five metal plates as evidence.

The pair are set to be charged in court on Saturday (June 20) for cheating with common intention, which carries a maximum jail term of up to 10 years along with a possible fine.

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