Man arrested for scam involving limited edition watches, toys
A 30-year-old man has been arrested for multiple online purchase scams, police said.
He allegedly ran a scam "selling" limited edition watches and toy figurines.
The arrest comes after police investigations into several reports of non-delivery of goods.
The man is believed to be involved in some 24 cases involving over $37,000 worth of transactions.
The man was arrested at Beach Road on Tuesday (April 28).
He will be charged with cheating on Thursday morning (April 30).
The police have the following tips for members of the public making online purchases:
- Make your online purchases only from reputable vendors
- If advanced payments are necessary, only transact with people you know and trust. Otherwise, insist on getting a contact number so that the seller’s identity can be verified
- Check that the person or company you are buying from is physically located where they claim to be
- Check the company or seller’s track record. Make enquiries with the clients and customers about the service they received from the seller
- Never give your bank account numbers, credit card numbers and personal information to anyone you do not know or have not checked out
- Do not provide any information that is not necessary to make the purchase
- Do be mindful that scammers may use a local bank account for the transaction to enhance their credibility. The owner of the bank account may not be the person communicating with you online