SINGAPORE: A 31-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday (Jul 9) after he is believed to have been involved in more than 100 e-commerce scams amounting to more than S$40,000, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said.
Between March and June, police received several reports from victims who were purportedly cheated by Carousell sellers who had listed discounted hotel rooms for booking.
"The sellers became uncontactable after the victims transferred deposit payments to their accounts," the police said in a news release on Wednesday.
Officers from the Commercial Affairs Department established his identity and the 31-year-old was arrested. Police said the scam involved other "unsuspecting Carousell users".
"Additionally, to facilitate his scam operations, the man had deceptively presented himself as a genuine business proprietor and involved at least 10 unsuspecting Carousell users to assist in the publicity of the said listings," the police added.
The other Carousell users involved are assisting with police investigations.
The man will be charged in court on Thursday with cheating. If found guilty, he may be jailed for up to 10 years and fined.
"Sellers should also exercise vigilance if they are approached to advertise goods and services on behalf of strangers in exchange for a fee," the police warned members of the public.
"You may unwittingly become a conduit to the commission of scams."
The police advise online shoppers to take the following steps: