Serial scammer pretended to be housing agent and went 'MIA' after collecting rental fees

A 30-year-old man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in a series of cheating cases involving house rental and renovation scams.

The Police said in a news release that between May 2017 and July 2017, they received multiple reports of rental scams from victims who had placed advertisement online for rental of a unit.

The suspect responded to the advertisement and pretended to be a housing agent. After collecting the rental fees from the victims, the suspect became uncontactable.

Through extensive ground enquiries, officers from Ang Mo Kio Police Division and Clementi Police Division arrested the suspect at Block 194 Pandan Loop on July 6.

Paraphernalia such as SIM cards, ATM cards, credit cards, bank transaction slips, two handphones and notebooks were seized from the suspect.

Preliminary investigations revealed the suspect is also believed to be involved in renovation scams.

The suspect was charged in court on July 8 with an offence of Cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224.

If found guilty, he is liable to a fine and an imprisonment term that may extend up to 10 years