SINGAPORE – A total of 71 people, aged between 16 and 62, were arrested over the past four days for their suspected involvement in perpetrating job scams, said the Singapore Police Force (SPF) in a statement on Thursday (Sept 23).
Separately, another 29 people will be charged in court on Friday (Sept 24) over money mule activities.
The anti-scam enforcement operation that nabbed the 71 people was conducted between Sept 20 and Sept 23.
Officers from the Commercial Affairs Department and seven SPF land divisions conducted simultaneous islandwide operations and arrested 59 men and 12 women.
Investigations against 62 of them are ongoing for allegedly selling their bank accounts and selling their Singpass credentials to criminal syndicates to create new bank accounts, in some cases for returns of as much as $1,500 for each bank account sold.
Some are also believed to have rented out their bank accounts to scammers or assisted them by carrying out bank transfers and withdrawals.
In job scams, victims typically respond to job advertisements for quick cash on social media platforms and chat applications.
Scammers would then request that victims order items from online platforms in order to improve sales on these platforms, progressing from low-cost items to more expensive ones.
Victims are made to pay for the items by transferring funds to various bank accounts.
They would initially receive their payment back in full on top of a good commission.
When the scheme progresses…