48-year-old man arrested for suspected employment scam

For the offence of cheating, the suspect could face up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine.
For the offence of cheating, the suspect could face up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A 48-year-old man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in multiple cases of employment scam.

Since late June, police have received reports from victims informing them that they were cheated of money in such scams after posting their resume on social media platforms to seek jobs.

In a statement on Friday (July 22), police said the suspect contacted the victims to arrange for interviews, where he would then collect money from them as "agent fees".

Using the pretext of preparing a receipt for them, the suspect would then slip away, police noted.

Following up on the reports, officers from Central Division established the suspect's identity and and arrested him along Lorong 27 Geylang at about 10pm on Thursday.

Police said its preliminary investigations indicated that the suspect is believed to be involved in several similar cheating cases.

For the offence of cheating, the suspect could face up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine.

Police reminded members of the public to be wary when dealing with strangers claiming to be employment agents and to verify their identities before entering into any transactions or handing over money.