Suspected serial conman arrested, victims cheated of thousands of dollars

The police have arrested a 45-year-old man who is believed to be involved in at least five cases of cheating.

He would claim to be able to arrange for his victims to work in various positions at an overseas resort, and then get them to pay a deposit of several thousand dollars in order to secure their employment. After he received the money, he disappeared and became uncontactable.

The police have been receiving such reports since April this year, and managed to establish the identity of the suspect.

On Tuesday, he was tracked down and arrested in the vicinity of Marina Bay. Investigations against him are ongoing. If found guilty, he can be jailed for up to 10 years, and fined.

Commander of Ang Mo Kio Police Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police Keok Tong San, urged other victims who may have similarly fallen prey, to lodge police reports. "Members of the public are advised not to make advance payments to secure job offers by strangers without conducting checks. They should verify with the job agency on the job offer and payment details before handing over any money," he said.

Join ST's WhatsApp Channel and get the latest news and must-reads.