SINGAPORE - A 27-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man have been arrested for being involved in at least six reported cases of cheating.
Since September 2014, police had received several reports of cheating where victims were duped into paying for mobile phones but had received packaged boxes containing metal plates instead.
In all the reported cases, the victims had come across online advertisements selling mobile phones and had arranged to meet up with the seller to carry out the transactions.
During the meet up, the female suspect would hand over a sealed packaged box purportedly containing the mobile phone and collect the payment from the victim before leaving the location. The unsuspecting victim would later discover that the box contained metal plates instead of the promised mobile phone.
Through protracted investigations, officers from the Clementi Division managed to establish the identities of the two suspects and arrested them on June 18 at about 2.50 pm in Woodlands. Several empty mobile phone boxes and five metal plates were seized as case exhibits.
Both suspects will be charged in Court on June 20. If found guilty, they may be imprisoned up to 10 years and shall also liable to a fine.