POLICE on Sunday arrested a 32-year-old man for cheating by impersonation. He had posed as a police officer.
In a statement yesterday, police said the man is believed to have identified himself as a police officer to deceive victims into thinking he could help extend their social visit passes.
A 29-year-old female victim made a police report on Sunday at about 1am about her encounter in Smith Street, where the suspect posed as a police officer with a card that resembled a police warrant card.
The suspect told her that he could obtain an extension for her social visit pass for $1,050.
She gave him $400 as a deposit and agreed to settle the balance the next day.
After conducting ground checks to establish the suspect's identity, police officers arrested him in an operation in Smith Street at 11.15pm on the same day.
Investigations also showed that the suspect is believed to be involved in other similar cases. He is expected to be charged in court today.
The police also reminded the public to be vigilant and wary of people who may pose as police officers to carry out criminal acts.
Members of the public should ask for the officer's warrant card to verify his identity.
A genuine warrant card will have features such as the police crest, the photo of the officer, his name and NRIC number.
More information on how to identity police officers can be found at: http://on.fb.me/1vzqmJX
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