10 arrested for fraudulently registering prepaid SIM cards after raids at handphone shops

The retailers would purportedly preregister SIM cards using particulars of others and sell them to customers who wanted to remain anonymous.

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17/1/2022 8:23:00 AM

The retailers would purportedly preregister SIM cards using particulars of others and sell them to customers who wanted to remain anonymous.

Simultaneous raids targeting 17 handphone shops were conducted in a nine-hour islandwide operation on Sunday (Jan 16). Read more at stomp.straitstimes.com

Simultaneous raids targeting 17 handphone shops were conducted in a nine-hour islandwide operation on Sunday (Jan 16).Officers from the Commercial Affairs Department conducted the raids at shops in Orchard, Geylang, Serangoon, Pasir Ris, Jurong West, Yishun, Woodlands, Boon Lay, Desker Road, Syed Alwi Road and Rochor Canal Road.

Nine men and one woman, aged between 31 and 56, were arrested for their suspected involvement in fraudulently registering prepaid SIM cards using the particulars of unsuspecting customers or foreigners who have not entered or have left Singapore.A total of 15 men and nine women, aged between 24 and 68, are assisting with investigations.

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Posted on 17 January 2022 | 1,392 views | 3 comments Simultaneous raids targeting 17 handphone shops were conducted in a nine-hour islandwide operation on Sunday (Jan 16).Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.LinkedIn SINGAPORE: Police on Sunday (Jan 16) arrested 10 people suspected of fraudulently registering prepaid SIM cards which could have been used for crimes such as scams, unlicensed moneylending and vice.Copy to clipboard https://str.

Officers from the Commercial Affairs Department conducted the raids at shops in Orchard, Geylang, Serangoon, Pasir Ris, Jurong West, Yishun, Woodlands, Boon Lay, Desker Road, Syed Alwi Road and Rochor Canal Road. Nine men and one woman, aged between 31 and 56, were arrested for their suspected involvement in fraudulently registering prepaid SIM cards using the particulars of unsuspecting customers or foreigners who have not entered or have left Singapore. 16), police raided 17 handphone shops in an island-wide operation that went on for nine hours. A total of 15 men and nine women, aged between 24 and 68, are assisting with investigations. Reporters were present for police raids on four shops at one mall along Geylang Road. "Investigations revealed that these handphone retailers had abused the computer systems holding the registration information for prepaid SIM cards," said the police. Another 15 men and nine women, aged between 24 and 68, are assisting with investigations. "The retailers would purportedly preregister SIM cards using particulars of others and sell them to customers who wanted to remain anonymous. In that month, at least 469 people were duped of $8.

" An assortment of paraphernalia such as printers, laptops, handphones, invoices, photocopied passports, SIM cards and relevant documents were seized during the operation. The shops were located at Orchard, Geylang, Serangoon, Pasir Ris, Jurong West, Yishun, Woodlands, Boon Lay, Desker Road, Syed Alwi Road and Rochor Canal Road. (Photo: CNA/Chew Hui Min) Shutters come down on a mobile phone shop after it was raided by the police on Jan 16, 2022. The police added:"Criminals exploit such fraudulently registered prepaid SIM cards as an anonymous channel of communications for unlicensed moneylending, scams, and vice, among other illicit activities. "For example, scam syndicates have been found to perpetuate their criminal activities by using such prepaid SIM cards to contact victims and amongst themselves to evade possible detection. The retailers would allegedly preregister the SIM cards using the particulars of others, and then sell them to customers who wanted to remain anonymous." Investigations are ongoing. (Photo: CNA/Chew Hui Min) In total, nine men and one woman, aged between 31 and 56, were arrested in the islandwide raids. The offence of unauthorised modification of computer material under Section 5(1) of the Computer Misuse Act 1993 carries a fine not exceeding $10,000 and/or uo to three years in jail. SIM cards possibly sold to conduct illicit activities The police said that fraudulently registered prepaid SIM cards are typically exploited by criminals as an anonymous channel of communication for a variety of illicit activities. Scam syndicates have been found to use such SIM cards to contact victims and communicate among themselves.

The police said they will"spare no effort to clamp down on such errant handphone shop dealers who may be indirectly facilitating illegal activities." Those involved in such illegal activities will be dealt with in accordance with the law. "For example, scam syndicates have been found to perpetuate their criminal activities by using such prepaid SIM cards to contact victims and amongst themselves to evade possible detection," said the police." The retailers purportedly preregistered SIM cards using the particulars of others and sold them to customers who wanted to remain anonymous. Get more of Stomp's latest updates by following us on .