Man charged with cheating nine victims of $6,500 in alleged online scam

SINGAPORE - A man was charged in court on Thursday with cheating nine people of about $6,500 in an alleged online scam.

Dwight T. Soriano, 30, faces 11 charges of deceiving nine people into giving him between $100 and $1,463 either by fund transfers or personally for purported purchases of limited-edition G Shock watches, Gundam watches and figurines.

The alleged offences took place between August and October last year.

He is being held at Tanglin Police Division for further investigation.

He will appear in court again on May 7.

In a statement on Thursday, police said they have received several reports regarding non-delivery of limited-edition watches and toy figurines that victims have ordered and made payments online since last October.

Officers from Tanglin conducted extensive investigation to establish the identity of the suspect. He was arrested at Beach Road on Tuesday.

Preliminary investigations revealed that he is believed to be involved in at least 24 other similar cases, where the victims have lost more than $37,000.

The police advised the public to make online purchases only from reputable vendors to avoid falling victim to online purchase scams.

elena@sph.com.sg