SINGAPORE (CNA) – A 34-year-old man has been sentenced to 60 months’ jail and fined SGD17,000 yesterday for cheating victims in a series of e-commerce scams and for participating in illegal online gambling activities.
Poh Zhenlong Caine had cheated 396 victims of more than SGD108,000 on e-commerce platform Carousell, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said yesterday.
SPF said it received numerous reports from victims who were cheated by purportedly different online sellers on Carousell from October 2018 to June 2020.
“These sellers advertised tickets for Universal Studios Singapore (USS), concerts, sporting events, and other items.
“After the victims had made payment via bank transfer, PayNow or Paylah, the sellers ceased communications and did not deliver the items.”
Investigations revealed that Poh had posted advertisements on Carousell purporting to sell the products, said SPF.
Poh pleaded guilty to two charges of cheating, four charges of amalgamated unlawful remote gambling and one charge of unlawful remote gambling.
SPF said it takes a serious view of persons who may be involved in scams and fraud, and perpetrators will be dealt with, in accordance with the law.
In particular, he had advertised tickets to USS, concerts and sporting events after noticing that there was a high demand for such tickets on Carousell.