Three men arrested for DHL parcel scam on 65-year-old woman

Police has stated in a press release that three men have been arrested for a DHL parcel scam committed upon a 65-year-old woman and to be charged in court on Saturday.

At about 4pm, Singapore Police Force received a report from a woman who said that she was being deceived.

She said that she previously had a phone call from a man saying that he got a parcel containing illegal goods on her name which was detained by the Chinese Custom. To avoid legal charges, the caller then instructed the woman to transfer money to an unknown local bank account. Out of fear, she transferred $50,000 to the bank account.

Police immediately conducted an extensive investigation and its Jurong Division officers found out that a 21-year-old man had withdrawn the money from the bank.

At about 6.30pm that day, less than 3 hours after the report was made, the man was arrested at Ang Mo Kio. The two other suspects, both aged 22-years-old, were arrested later at Tuas at about 8.45pm.

Police said that since May 2016, it has been receiving more than 50 cases of phone scams, deceiving the victims for more than $4 million in total.

The men will be charged in court on Saturday. If they can be proven guilty, they face each a jail term of up to five years, or a fine, or both.