SINGAPORE – In a two-week long operation this month, police hauled in 275 suspects believed to be involved in a variety of scams which saw victims fleeced of around $7.9 million.
In a statement on Saturday (May 22), police said 159 men and 116 women, aged between 14 and 81, are being questioned for their suspected involvement as scammers or money mules.
The operation between May 8 and May 21 involved officers from the Commercial Affairs Department and seven Police Land Divisions.
The suspects are linked to 519 separate cases.
The ruses involved scammers impersonating Singapore government officials and separately, China officials. They also included scams involving investments, jobs, sexual services, fake gambling platforms and loans.
Police said that the suspects are being investigated for cheating, money laundering or providing payment services without a licence.
Cheating carries a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine, while money laundering…