Updated: 08/15/2014 00:32

Latest Singapore Police Force crime statistics show a distinct rise in online fraud



Latest Singapore Police Force crime statistics show a distinct rise in online fraud

The latest Singapore Police Force crime statistics show a distinct rise in online fraud. 

E-commerce cheating cases increased by more than four-folds, to 504 cases in the first half of this year. 

The majority involved the Multiple Payment Online Purchase Scam. 

This is when consumers are asked to make advance payments but fail to receive their goods. 

The seller would then ask for further payment, claiming that the goods have been delivered wrongly or otherwise. 

The first six months of the year saw 302 such cases, with victims cheated of least $237,000. 

The same period last year saw a mere 13 cases, involving $28,000. 

Police say there was also a significant increase in Internet Love Scams with 82 cases. 

The victims were cheated of at least $3.1 million. 

Director of the Commercial Affairs Department, Tan Boon Gin, says the police will study crime patterns, and work with websites and financial institutions to remind users about such scams. 

The rise in online fraud cases resulted in an overall increase in crime cases. 

They rose to about 1.4% to 15,219 cases.

But 10-year lows were recorded for Housebreaking, Theft and Related Crimes. 

There was an improvement in unlicensed moneylending and harassment which saw a 31.6 percent decline to 3,235 cases.

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