Nearly 300 men and women aged between 16 and 74 are currently assisting with investigations for their suspected involvement in scams, as scammers or money mules, according to a press release from the Singapore Police Force (SPF) on June 5.
S$7 million lost to scams
These suspects – a total of 193 men and 101 women – were identified from a two-week islandwide enforcement operation between May 22 and June 4.
The operation involved officers from the Commercial Affairs Department and seven Police Land Divisions.
The suspects are believed to have been involved in 534 reported cases of scams, comprising mainly of e-commerce, investment, job and loan scams, along with fake gambling platforms and the impersonation of government and China officials.
In all, victims lost close to S$7 million.
Penalties for such offences
The suspects are being investigated for offences of cheating, money…