Ah yes, Carousell.
The platform where you can find anything to buy or sell, whether it’s books, toys or even furniture items.
Unfortunately, you might find scammers on there as well.
Man Cheated More Than 23 People Out of Over $27,000
Yesterday (26 January), the police arrested a 21-year-old man due to his suspected involvement in e-commerce scams.
Multiple victims lodged police reports after being cheated by a Carousell seller who had sold electronic devices such as game consoles and mobile phones cheaply but did not deliver the goods after payment.
The victims had paid him through PayNow or bank transfers before he “sent” the items out for “delivery”.
Officers from the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) were able to establish the man’s identity and arrest him after working together with Carousell.
He will be charged in court today (27 January). If convicted of cheating, he faces a jail term of up to ten years and a fine.
Scams in Singapore
With various scams being on the rise in Singapore as of late, it is not just SMS phishing scams that we have to be alert about anymore.
The authorities also warned the public to be more careful when making online purchases.
Some ways in which these scammers may trick victims are through offering cheaper or quicker deals to them if they directly pay the scammers through bank transfers.
They may also provide a local bank account or even various forms of identification to make them look like genuine sellers instead of scammers.
As the saying goes, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. So stay alert, and don’t fall prey to these scams!
To find out more about scams, visit the Scam Alert website or call the Anti-Scam Hotline at 1800-722-6688.
Anyone with information on such scams may call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000 or submit information online here.
You can also watch these anti-scam videos we did in collaboration with the Singapore Police Force:
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