Police investigate 311 people in S'pore over alleged scams; victims lose more than $8.2 million

The suspects are being investigated for cheating, money laundering or providing payment services without a licence.
The suspects are being investigated for cheating, money laundering or providing payment services without a licence.PHOTO: ST ILLUSTRATION

SINGAPORE - The police are investigating 219 males and 92 females, aged between 16 and 84, for suspected involvement in 866 reported cases of scams where victims lost more than $8.2 million.

This comes after a two-week operation between June 5 and Friday (June 18) that uncovered a range of scams, including Internet love, government official impersonation and fake gambling platform.

The suspects are being investigated for cheating, money laundering or providing payment services without a licence.

Cheating offences carry an imprisonment term of up to 10 years and a fine. Money launderers may be jailed for up to 10 years, fined up to $500,000 or both.

Individuals providing payment services in Singapore without a licence may be fined up to $125,000, jailed for up to three years, or both.

To avoid becoming accomplices, members of the public should always reject requests by others to use their bank accounts or mobile lines as they would be held accountable if these are linked to crimes, the police said.

Those who have information on scams can call 1800-255-0000 or submit information at this website.