7 Police news(Anti-Scam, Anti-Money Laundering, Counterfeit Currency) 2024.1-2 ☑Police ☑Singapore,新加坡

2024.2.8 近期涉及網購演唱會黃牛票的電子商務詐騙案猖獗,新加坡自今年1月以來,已有583人受騙,損失逾22萬新元(約78萬令吉)。新加坡執法單位展開聯合行動,逮捕涉及新加坡演唱會門票詐騙的4人,另有11人助查。新加坡警察部隊發文告說,商業事務局、七大警署和新加坡政府科技局聯合二手交易平台Carousell,在1月31日至本月6日展開聯合行動,共有年齡介於18歲至27歲的1男3女被捕,另有7男4女,包括一名15歲少年在內的嫌犯正在協助調查。初步調查顯示,被捕的4人涉嫌通過開設新的銀行戶頭,或為了金錢利益,將銀行或Singpass戶頭交給犯罪團夥,為團夥的詐騙勾當提供便利。騙子會利用獲取的Singapass戶頭開設新的銀行戶頭和手機服務,並進一步利用這些信息註冊Carousell戶頭,用來售賣演唱會黃牛票。文告稱,這些騙案主要涉及美國歌壇天后泰勒絲(Taylor Swift)、英國酷玩樂團(Coldplay)、日本藝人Yoasobi、中國歌手薛之謙和韓國男團Enhypen等在新加坡的演唱會。

Four Arrested For Their Suspected Involvement In E-Commerce Scams Involving Concert Tickets In A Joint Operation Between Anti-Scam Command, Carousell And Govtech

One man and three women, aged between 18 and 27, were arrested for their suspected involvement in the recent spate of e-commerce scams involving the sale of tickets, mostly to the concerts of Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Yoasobi, Joker Xue, and Enhypen, following a joint operation conducted between 31 January 2024 and 6 February 2024, by the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD), seven Police Land Divisions, Carousell and the Government Technology Agency (GovTech). 

Since January 2024, at least 583 victims have fallen prey, with total losses amounting to at least $223,000. In these cases, scammers pretending to be “sellers” would post concert tickets for sale on online platforms such as Telegram, Carousell, Twitter, Facebook and Xiao Hong Shu. Victims who expressed interest to purchase the tickets would be redirected to contact the sellers on WhatsApp or Telegram or WeChat. In some cases, the sellers provided fake screenshots or videos of the tickets and / or the ticket purchase receipts. The sellers would promise to email the tickets or transfer tickets to the victims’ Ticketmaster accounts once the payment was successful. Victims would only realise that they had been scammed when the sellers asked for additional payments, delayed delivery of tickets, become uncontactable, or when the tickets were found to be invalid on the concert day.

During the one-week operation, officers from the CAD and the seven Police Land Divisions arrested the four persons through simultaneous island-wide operations. Preliminary investigations revealed that the four persons had allegedly facilitated the scam cases by opening new bank accounts and relinquishing them to the scammers, or relinquishing their Singpass credentials, and bank accounts and/or Internet banking credentials, for monetary gains. The relinquished Singpass credentials were misused by the scammers to open new bank accounts and mobile lines. The Singpass credentials and mobile lines were then further exploited by the scammers to open Carousell accounts to make the fake concert tickets listings. 

Another seven men and four women, including a 15-year-old male teenager, are also assisting in investigations. Preliminary investigations revealed that in these cases, the subjects had unwittingly facilitated the scams through several ways;

  1. Most of them took on job offers on Telegram, to receive money in their bank accounts to buy Razer gift cards or to facilitate the receipt and transfer of money through their bank accounts; and
  2. A 21-year-old woman was asked to change her Carousell account moniker and email address, and later, the Carousell account was found to be taken over by the scammers.
  3. A 15-year-old male teenager gave away his Carousell account to the scammer, who had offered to top up the Carousell wallet.
2024.2.2 新加坡警方商业事务局和七大警署于今年1月19日至2月1日之间,在全国展开两周的执法行动。行动中共有248名男子和119名女子因涉嫌诈骗或充当钱骡须接受警方调查,年龄介于16岁至78岁。警方指出,这群人相信涉及超过1000起诈骗案,骗案形式包括求职、投资、电子商务、网络爱情、借贷和冒充政府官员等,总金额超过1000万元。

Police Investigate 367 Scammers And Money Mules In Island-Wide Enforcement Operation

Officers from the Commercial Affairs Department and the seven Police Land Divisions conducted a two-week operation between 19 January 2024 and 1 February 2024. A total of 248 men and 119 women, aged between 16 and 78, are assisting in investigations for their suspected involvement in scams as scammers or money mules. The suspects are believed to be involved in more than 1,000 cases of scams, comprising mainly investment scams, e-commerce scams, loan scams, fake friend call scams, job scams, internet love scams and Government official impersonation scams, where victims reportedly lost over $10 million.

The suspects are being investigated for the alleged offences of cheating, money laundering or providing payment services without a licence. The offence of cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code 1871 carries an imprisonment term of up to 10 years and a fine. The offence of money laundering under the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act 1992 carries an imprisonment term of up to 10 years, a fine of up to $500,000, or both. The offence of carrying on a business to provide any type of payment service in Singapore without a licence under Section 5 of the Payment Services Act 2019 carries a fine of up to $125,000, an imprisonment term of up to three years, or both.

2024.2.1 新加坡警方和印度尼西亚国家警察联合调查打击跨国假币集团,一个跨国假币集团涉嫌参与伪造、分销和贩运假币,印度尼西亚廖内省进行的一次突袭中逮捕了四名年龄在 39 岁至 51 岁之间的印度尼西亚男子。2023 年 9 月 21 日,新加坡警方 (SPF) 接到警报,发现新加坡一家赌场出现一张 10,000 新元的假钞,一对印度尼西亚夫妇据称试图用一张 10,000 新元的钞票兑换赌场筹码。当这对夫妇被告知这张纸币是假钞时,该男子又拿出了另一张10,000新元的纸币进行验证。这两张面值10,000新元的纸币被赌场扣留,并移交民航处调查。

Transnational Counterfeit Currency Syndicate Crippled In A Joint Investigation By Singapore Police Force And Indonesia National Police

In a joint investigation conducted by the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD), and the Kepolisian Negara Republik Indonesia Daerah Kepulauan Riau (Polda Kepri) of the Indonesia National Police (INP), one transnational counterfeit currency syndicate allegedly involved in counterfeiting, distributing and trafficking of counterfeit currency banknotes, was crippled. Four Indonesian men, aged 39 to 51, were arrested by the Polda Kepri, INP, in a raid conducted in the Riau Province, Indonesia.

On 21 September 2023, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) was alerted to a case of a counterfeit SGD$10,000 note presented at a casino in Singapore, where an Indonesian couple had allegedly attempted to exchange one SGD$10,000 note for casino chips. When the couple was told that the note was a counterfeit, the man produced another SGD$10,000 note for verification. The two SGD$10,000 notes were withheld by the casino and handed over to CAD for investigations.

Investigations revealed that the couple had travelled from Batam, Indonesia to Singapore on the same day and that the two notes were received from their business associate in Batam as payment for a business transaction and they wanted to use the notes at the casino for gambling. CAD thus shared the information on the counterfeit banknotes with INP for investigations.

Between 15 November 2023 to 20 November 2023, officers from Polda Kepri, INP conducted three separate raids in Indonesia at Riau Province and West Java Province, leading to the arrest of three Indonesian men, aged 39 to 48, for their suspected involvement in counterfeiting and distribution of counterfeit banknotes. A total of 390 pieces of Singapore banknotes of S$10,000 denomination suspected to be counterfeit were seized. Through follow-up investigations, Polda Kepri, INP identified and arrested the fourth 51-year-old Indonesian man recently.

As there was insufficient evidence to suggest that the couple were aware that the notes they were in possession of were counterfeit, the Police, in consultation with the Attorney-General’s Chambers, has taken no further action against the couple.

2024.1.24 马新两国警方联合展开跨国行动,突击柔佛州两个住宅单位,捣毁假朋友电话诈骗集团,逮捕5名涉案大马男子,该集团涉嫌干下500多起诈骗案,涉及金额超过140万新元。根据新加坡警方文告,新加坡商业事务局和马来西亚皇家警察柔佛商业犯罪调查部联合行动,在柔佛州捣毁一个涉嫌针对新加坡籍受害者的“假朋友”跨国电话诈骗集团。警方对受害者提供的线索进行分析后,马来西亚警方在1月16日突击柔佛州的两个住宅单位,逮捕5名年龄介于19岁至36岁的马来西亚男子。5名男子周二(23日)引渡到新加坡,并将于周三(24日)被控串谋欺骗罪。一旦罪成,被告可被判最高10年监禁和罚款。

Fake Friend Call Scam Syndicate Crippled And Five Men Arrested In Joint Transnational Scam Operation By Singapore Police Force And Royal Malaysia Police

In a joint operation conducted by the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) and the Johor Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) of the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP), a transnational scam syndicate allegedly involved in fake friend call scams targeting Singaporean victims was crippled in a raid conducted in Johor, Malaysia.

From January to November 2023, more than 6,300 victims have fallen prey to fake friend call scams, with total losses amounting to at least S$21.1 million. Pursuant to these reports, SPF and RMP collaborated and shared information on these scams. On 16 January 2024, officers from CCID/RMP conducted a raid on two apartments in Johor, Malaysia, leading to the arrest of five Malaysian men, aged between 19 and 36, for their suspected involvement in fake friend call scams targeting Singaporeans. Preliminary investigations revealed that the syndicate started their scam operations in June 2023. The syndicate is believed to be involved in more than 500 reports made, with total losses of more than S$1.4 million.

The five men were extradited to Singapore on 23 January 2024 and will be charged in court on 24 January 2024 for conspiracy to cheat under Section 420 read with Section 120B and Section 108B of the Penal Code 1871. The offence is punishable with imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine.

2024.1.19 新加坡历来规模最大的洗钱案有新进展,新加坡警察部队1月19日发文告说,在这宗洗黑钱案的调查过程中,警方再对55个房地产和15辆车发出禁止处置令,起获了另外189个名牌包、34件珠宝和5只名表。这使得迄今为止,起获或发出禁止处置令的总资产价值超过30亿新元。警方也通过国际刑警组织,向另外两名涉及洗钱案的嫌犯,发出红色通缉令。他们是33岁苏永灿(Su Yongcan)和29岁王火强(Wang Huoqiang),于2023年8月15日警方进行执法行动前已离开新加坡。

More Than S$3 Billion In Assets Seized Or Issued With Prohibition Of Disposal Orders; Interpol Red Notices Issued Against Two Fugitives In Anti-Money Laundering Probe

In the ongoing investigations into the group of foreign nationals suspected to be involved in laundering the proceeds of their overseas organised crime activities, the Police have issued prohibition of disposal orders in respect of another 55 properties and 15 vehicles. The Police also seized an additional 189 luxury bags, 34 pieces of jewellery and five luxury watches. This brings the total value of assets seized or issued with prohibition of disposal orders to more than S$3 billion to date.

In addition, warrants of arrest and Interpol Red Notices have been issued against Su Yongcan, a 33-year-old Cambodian national, and Wang Huoqiang, a 29-year-old Cambodian national, for money-laundering offences under Section 54(1)(c) of the Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes (Confiscation of Benefits) Act 1992. They had left Singapore prior to the commencement of the Police’s operations on 15 August 2023. Additional case facts are as follows:

In relation to Su Yongcan, who previously held a passport issued by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Police seized more than S$16 million in cash and other foreign currencies and issued prohibition of disposal orders for seven properties and 10 vehicles. The Police also froze bank accounts with a total balance of more than S$145 million.

In relation to Wang Huoqiang, who previously held a passport issued by the PRC, the Police seized about S$188,000 in cash and other foreign currencies and issued a prohibition of disposal order for one vehicle. The Police also froze bank accounts with a total balance of more than S$5 million.

Su Yongcan、Wang Huoqiang

PUBLIC AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
19 January 2024 @ 5:00 PM

文告指出,苏永灿曾持有中国护照,警方扣押了他超过1600万新元(约5625万令吉)的现金及其他货币,在他名下的7个房地产和10辆车已被警方发出禁止处置令。警方还冻结了他总额1亿4500万新元(约5亿1000万令吉)的所有银行户头。

王火强也被指曾持有中国护照。警方扣押了他超过18万8000新元(约66万0972令吉)的现金及其他外币,在其名下的一辆车也被警方发出禁止处置令。此外,警方还冻结了他总额500万新元(约1758万令吉)的所有银行户头。

新加坡警方于2023年8月侦破这起全国最大宗的洗钱案,共9男1女已被控上庭。他们是苏海金(41岁)、苏宝林(42岁)、苏剑锋(36岁)、张瑞金(45岁)、林宝英(44岁)、王水明(43岁)、陈清远(34岁)、苏文强(32岁)、王宝森(32岁),以及王德海(35岁)。

2024.1.9 SWIFT INTERVENTION BY GREAT EASTERN, OCBC AND ANTI-SCAM CENTRE PREVENTED MORE THAN $250,000 IN LOSSES IN A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL IMPERSONATION SCAM(2023年12月19日,反诈骗中心 (ASC) 与大东方和华侨银行合作,在一起假冒政府官员诈骗案中避免了超过 25 万新元的损失。)

On 19 December 2023, the Anti-Scam Centre (ASC) partnered and worked with Great Eastern and OCBC to avert losses of more than S$250,000 in a Government Official Impersonation Scam case.

In this case, a 67-year-old victim had received a phone call on 2 December 2023, from a first scammer who impersonated a Government official from China, alleging that the victim had suspicious funds in a bank account under her name in China and accused the victim of having committed a crime. The first scammer then transferred the victim’s call to a second scammer impersonating another Government official from China. On 13 December 2023, under the instructions of the second scammer, the victim opened a new UOB bank account under her name, purportedly to assist in investigations, and provided the internet-banking credentials of the account to the scammer. The victim was also told to withdraw all her money from other bank accounts and liquidate her insurance policies to deposit into the UOB account.

On 18 December 2023, on the instruction of the second scammer, the victim went to Great Eastern at Jurong East to liquidate her insurance policies. The surrender value monies were to be deposited into the victim’s OCBC account. This was detected by a Great Eastern customer service officer who found the victim’s account for the surrender suspicious. The victim claimed that the money was for the purchase of a house and renovation fees but was unable to provide more details when probed further. Despite having to make a loss for the early surrender of her four insurance policies, the victim insisted on proceeding with the surrender, further raising the suspicion of the Great Eastern customer service officer. He promptly escalated the case to OCBC, who reached out to the ASC for intervention.

The ASC immediately worked with OCBC to prevent the victim from making any further transactions while ASC officers swiftly engaged the victim at her residence, successfully convincing her that she had fallen for a scam. The ASC also acted on the UOB account which was under the control of the second scammer. The alertness of the Great Eastern customer service officer, and the timely intervention by OCBC staff and ASC officers prevented the victim from potentially losing over S$250,000.

Mr Beaver Chua, OCBC’s Head of Anti-Fraud, Group Financial Crime Compliance, said: “OCBC is committed to working closely with the Police to fight scams and protect customers’ funds.”

2024.1.8 POLICE ADVISORY ON JOB SCAM INVOLVING SOCIAL MEDIA TASKS(警方就涉及社交媒体任务的工作诈骗提出警告)

The Police would like to alert members of the public to a job scam variant where scammers impersonating as representatives of well-known platforms or online marketing companies, would entice victims by giving them commission for the completion of simple social media tasks to generate social media traction. In December 2023, at least 180 victims have fallen prey, with losses amounting to at least $2.6m.

Approach 1

In this scam variant, victims would receive unsolicited job offers from scammers after being added into chatgroups on WhatsApp or Telegram. In some cases, scammers may also claim to represent TikTok or online communications/marketing companies when they approached victims with job offers. Victims would be given tasks involving generation of social media traction. To perform these task, victims will be asked to follow influencers’ accounts on TikTok or Instagram, liking and subscribing to YouTube channels/videos, boosting accounts by following/liking/commenting on accounts and/or posts, or liking songs on Spotify. Upon completion of the “tasks”, the victims would receive a small commission. After victims were convinced that they could earn more commission, the scammers introduce more rewarding tasks to perform. In some cases, scammers would provide victims with fake employment contracts to reinforce the deception. To perform these tasks, victims had to create accounts on scam websites and then transfer increasingly large sums of monies to bank accounts or crypto wallets provided by the scammers. Victims would only realise that they had been scammed when their website account showed a negative account balance, and they were told to pay additional funds in order to “upgrade their accounts” or when they failed to withdraw their “earnings”.

Approach 2

Victims would receive unsolicited WhatsApp or Telegram messages, claiming that they had “won a giveaway” prize and would receive a small commission by completing “easy tasks” such as following an account on Instagram. After victims were convinced that they could earn money easily, scammers would introduce them to advanced tasks. Victims would be added to chatgroups where tasks involving generation of social media traction or transfer of monies as “investment” would be discussed. Victims would have to create accounts on scam websites and transfer monies to bank accounts or crypto wallets provided by the scammers. These are done with the pretext of earning higher commission. Victims would only realise that they had been scammed when they encountered a negative account balance on their job website and were told to pay additional funds to “upgrade their accounts” or when they failed to withdraw their “earnings”.


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