Man arrested for suspected car rental scam

Man arrested for suspected car rental scam

SINGAPORE - Police have arrested a 19-year-old man for suspected involvement in several cases of cheating involving car rental transactions.

According to a news release, the police had been receiving reports pertaining to unfulfilled car rental agreements since July 26.

In all cases, the victims had responded to online advertisements posted on a mobile phone application for car rental services for the Hari Raya period. These advertisements are believed to have been posted by the suspect under various pseudonyms.

The suspect would send photos of cars, purportedly-owned by him, to the victims. After deciding on the car to rent, the victims would be directed to transfer the agreed payments into a bank account. The suspect would then become uncontactable and would not deliver the cars to the victims as agreed.

After conducting ground enquiries, officers from Bedok Police Division were able to establish the identity of the suspect. The suspect was arrested on Aug 30 at about 11.45am.

The suspect will be charged in State Court on Sept 1 for the offence of Cheating and Dishonestly Inducing a Delivery of Property, under section 420 of the Penal Code. It carries a maximum jail term of up to 10 years and shall also be liable to a fine.

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