Man arrested for cheating victims of more than $30,000 in employment scams

The suspect posted advertisements on Facebook offering the victims or their families jobs in Singapore.
The suspect posted advertisements on Facebook offering the victims or their families jobs in Singapore. PHOTO: AFP

A 41-year-old man, believed to be involved in multiple cases of employment scams, has been arrested.

The police received several reports of employment scams between January and March this year. The suspect posted advertisements on Facebook offering the victims or their families jobs in Singapore.

However, the suspect did not deliver on his promises to recommend jobs, and subsequently became uncontactable after the victims had given him more than $30,000.

Officers from Central Police Division arrested the suspect on June 29, after establishing his identity through extensive follow-up investigations.

Investigations are ongoing.

Under section 420 of the Penal Code, chapter 224, anyone found guilty of cheating may be jailed for up to 10 years, and also be liable to fine.

Job seekers are advised to engage licensed employment agencies.

These can be verified through the directory on the Ministry of Manpower's website at www.mom.gov.sg/eadirectory.