A 28-year-old man has been arrested for cheating an online buyer, after failing to hand over $500 worth of NTUC Fairprice vouchers in full as promised.

The victim made a police report on May 16, 2017, claiming that after paying the agreed amount of $470, an envelope she received contained only $250 worth of NTUC vouchers. The online seller then became uncontactable.

According to a statement from the Singapore Police Force, the suspect was arrested on May 29 along Kampong Java road. Police investigations are ongoing.

The police reminds members of the public to make purchases from reputable online vendors and to only transact with people that one knows and trusts, to avoid falling prey to online purchase scams.

“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,” said the police statement.

It added that buyers should “check that the person or company you are buying from is physically located where they claim to be and never give your bank account numbers, credit card numbers and personal information to anyone you do not know or have not checked out”.

 

tarinis@sph.com.sg

 

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