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    Pair charged in over 140 scam cases linked to mobile devices

    ANN/THE STRAITS TIMES – Two people accused of being involved in at least 140 scam cases linked to mobile devices, allegedly causing losses totalling over SGD360,000, were handed cheating charges in a district court yesterday.

    Teo Jun Hao, 23, and Vanessa Chew Shi Qing, 25, were then ordered to be remanded at the Central Police Division. Their cases have been adjourned to November 2.

    According to court documents, the duo allegedly worked together to cheat customers on online marketplace Carousell from August 22 to September 28.

    The pair is said to have duped the customers into paying for mobile phones – the iPhone 14 and iPhone 13 models – even though the alleged offenders had no intention to deliver these goods to them.

    Court documents did not disclose the amount that the customers were said to have paid the pair.

    Teo and Chew were arrested at Changi Airport. PHOTO: ANN/THE STRAITS TIMES

    In an earlier statement, the police said officers received multiple reports about the case between October 1 and 17.

    They added, “(A) man had allegedly failed to deliver the items after payments were made by the victims via PayNow or bank transfers.

    “Through follow-up investigations, officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established the identity of the duo and arrested them on (Tuesday) at Changi Airport upon their arrival in Singapore.”

    They did not disclose details about where the two Singaporeans had been before returning to the country.

    For each count of cheating, an offender can be jailed for up to 10 years and fined.

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