27-year-old man arrested over car rental scams

There have been at least 15 reported cases of people being cheated in the scam since July 15.
There have been at least 15 reported cases of people being cheated in the scam since July 15. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A 27-year-old man believed to be involved in a series of car rental scams has been arrested .

There have been at least 15 reported cases of people being cheated in the scam since July 15.

The victims said they responded to car rental advertisements placed online in July 2015. They were told to transfer the rental deposit, ranging from $300 to $500, to a local bank account and then the cars would be delivered to them.

However, after the money had been transferred, the suspect became evasive and uncontactable.

Police identified and arrested the suspect on July 23. Investigations are on-going.

The police advise those who may have fallen prey to the scam to come forward to make a report.

The offence of cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code carries a maximum jail term of 10 years and a fine.