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Man arrested for using counterfeit credit cards in Sim Lim Square

Source: www.spf.gov.sg

Man Arrested For Using Counterfeit Credit Cards

Police arrested a 21-year-old Chinese man yesterday evening (24 Aug 2005) at Sim Lim Square for carrying out fraudulent retail purchases using counterfeit credit cards.
Yesterday (24 Aug 2005) at about 7.00pm , Police received information that a man was making purchases using counterfeit credit cards.
Acting on the information received, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department mounted an operation and arrested the man at an electronics retail outlet in Sim Lim Square.
During the operation, the officers also recovered several counterfeit credit cards and two notebook computers worth S$6,000, which the man had purchased using the counterfeit credit cards.
In a follow-up raid at the man's apartment in Anchorvale Road, Police recovered several blank cards encoded with credit card data, a card-encoder, card-encoding software and computer paraphernalia used in the encoding of credit card data onto fake cards. Goods, comprising watches, jewellery, electronic items and a mobile phone worth a total of $4,000, which were believed to have been purchased with the counterfeit credit cards, were also recovered.
In recent years, there has not been any person arrested for credit card skimming activity in Singapore. This is also the first time that we have recovered a card-encoder with card-encoding software used specifically for encoding stolen credit card data. The stolen credit card data on the counterfeit cards is believed to have been obtained from sources outside Singapore .
The suspect will be charged in Court on 26 Aug 2005 for cheating and possession of forged valuable security under the Penal Code.
A person convicted of cheating can be punished with imprisonment for a term of up to 7 years, and shall also be liable to fine. A person convicted of possession of forged valuable security can be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment for a term of up to 7 years, and shall also be liable to fine.
Police would like to take this opportunity to remind merchants to be alert when processing credit card transactions. They should look out for the various security features on the card face. If they are suspicious, they should contact their processing bank immediately for advice.
Police have been working closely with financial institutions and retailers to curb payment card fraud, and the arrest is attributed to the close cooperation and coordination between Police and the card industry.
PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
25 August 2005 @ 5.00 pm

Source: www.spf.gov.sg Media Release 25 Aug 2005

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