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Following multiple reports from victims of alleged deception by online sellers, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) has announced that it has arrested a 25-year-old man involved in a series of e-commerce scams.
From May to October 2022, the man allegedly promoted the sale of Rolex watches through the Facebook Marketplace.
After meeting the customer and receiving payment through PayNow, the man handed him the counterfeit Rolex watch.
Through an investigation, officers from the Ang Mo Kio police station identified the man and arrested him on October 13, the SPF said in a press release.
Preliminary investigation revealed that the man was linked to other similar cases involving losses of more than S$88,000.
The man was indicted in court on October 15 for malpractice under Section 420 of the Penal Code of 1871 and was sentenced to a maximum of 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine.
SPF has reminded the public to take precautions when shopping online.
“If the price is too high to be true, it probably is. Only buy from authorized sellers or reputable sources, especially for expensive items.” SPF said.
In addition, customers should be able to choose purchaser protection. In this case, the payment will be released only after the authenticity of the goods has been verified.
“Avoid making prepayments or direct bank transfers to the seller whenever possible. This method offers no protection.”
Customers are also advised not to fall into the trap of changing messaging platforms from e-commerce sites for “better or faster deals.”
“Scammers can also use local bank accounts or provide copies of NRICs or driver’s licenses to trick you into believing you are a genuine seller,” SPF warns.
The public can visit scamalert.sg or call the anti-fraud hotline at 1800-722-6688.
If you have information about such scams, please call the Police Hotline at 1800-255-0000 or submit your information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness./TISG.
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https://theindependent.sg/spf-reveals-how-singaporean-man-25-managed-to-sell-fake-rolex-watches-via-facebook-victims-lost-more-than-s88000/ SPF reveals how a 25-year-old Singaporean man sold fake Rolex watches via Facebook. Victim lost over S$88,000 –