Singaporean authorities detain hundreds in anti-scam sweep

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2nd March 2024 – (Hong Kong) Singaporean law enforcement has detained an extensive network of individuals linked to various online deceptions. The police apprehended 306 suspects, whose ages span from 15 to 73 years, during a concentrated operation that ran from February 16 to February 29, as per the latest briefing by the police force.

The accused, implicated in a spectrum of over 1,000 reported incidents, are believed to have orchestrated a litany of ruses. The schemes ranged from feigned appeals by supposed acquaintances, to deceptive online marketplaces, bogus employment offers, fraudulent investment opportunities, and duplicitous romantic entanglements over the internet.

According to police accounts, these nefarious activities culled in excess of 11 million Singapore dollars (equivalent to 8.2 million U.S. dollars) from unsuspecting victims, highlighting the significant financial toll of these crimes.

Currently, the cohort of suspects is under rigorous investigation for a variety of charges, including allegations of cheating, conducting money laundering operations, and operating payment services without the requisite legal authorisations.