- POSTED: 24 Sep 2013 22:56
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Police have arrested two men and two women on suspicion of acting as money mules in a delivery order scam.
SINGAPORE: Police have arrested two men and two women on suspicion of acting as money mules in a delivery order scam.
The four, aged between 18 and 34, were arrested in a five-hour island-wide police operation on September 23.
In a news release, police say the four are believed to have been involved in a scam where smartphones, tablet PCs and laptops were advertised to be on sale at below market price.
When the unsuspecting fell prey and paid for the bogus purchases, they would receive messages about mix-ups or other problems with the shipping of the items.
The victims would then be asked to make further payments to get the items released and delivered.
Police say to avoid detection, the scammers recruited holders of local bank accounts to receive the money from victims.
Police say the scammers usually contact potential mules through social network sites, pretending to offer a business opportunity or ask for a romantic relationship.
When the mules got onboard, they were asked to buy a pre-paid SIM card and activate a Whatsapp account for his online contact to use.
This local mobile phone number would then be used in the online advertisements for the purported sale of the electronic gadgets.
When victims of the scams sent money, it would be to the account of the mules, who would then remit the funds to an overseas bank account.
The mules would get a percentage commission in return.
On the four arrested, police say investigations are on-going against them for dishonestly receiving money in a scam.
If found guilty, they could face a jail term of up to five years, a fine, or both.
Police advise the public to be aware of the scams and to take care to buy from those they know and trust.
Police also advise the public against helping others that they have met online to make fund transfers.