SINGAPORE: A man suspected of luring online victims with figurines for sale has been arrested, said police in a news release on Wednesday (Oct 19).
Police said that they had received multiple reports of such scams since Oct 4. The victims placed orders for Hot Toys' Iron Man figurines, which were being sold by the 45-year-old suspect through an online forum on Facebook. However, the victims did not receive the toys after transferring money to the man’s bank account. When they tried to seek refunds, the suspect turned evasive and became uncontactable.
Police found that the suspect had committed more than 40 counts of cheating involving 19 victims.
He will be charged with cheating on Thursday. If convicted, he may be jailed up to 10 years, and will also be liable to a fine.
Police reminded members of the public to be cautious when shopping online to avoid falling victim to such scams.