Malaysian arrested for impersonating police officer to cheat woman of $270,000

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in Malaysia and extradited back to Singapore on Friday for his suspected involvement in a scam.

He, along with three other suspects, are believed to be involved in a police officer impersonation scam amounting to $270,000.
A 39-year-old woman made a police report on July 14 this year, saying she received a call on July 11 from an unknown person claiming to be a police officer.
She was told that she was being investigated for money laundering offences. The call was then transferred to another unknown person who identified himself as a police officer from a foreign country.

The victim was told to provide her mobile number, bank account number and credit card details. She was also provided a web link which purportedly listed her as a "suspect" in a money laundering case.

On July 12 and 13, the victim met up with a few unknown men near Tiong Bahru Market and Kramat Lane, and handed over cash amounting to $270,000.

After extensive investigations, officers from the Central Police Division established the identities of the suspects.

Three of them were arrested on July 20 and Aug 25, and one was charged in court on July 22.

The latest suspect, a 23-year-old man, was arrested in Malaysia with the help and close collaboration with the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP).

He was extradited back to Singapore on Friday (Oct 20).

Commander of Central Police Division and Assistant Commissioner of Police Arthur Law expressed his appreciation to RMP for their assistance and arrest.

"The arrest of the suspect was made possible through the strong support of the RMP, whom we share close ties with.

"The SPF will do its utmost to track down those who have committed crimes here and flee Singapore thereafter. With the assistance of our counterparts from foreign law enforcement agencies, we will ensure that justice is served."
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