SINGAPORE: A woman was charged in court on Tuesday March 1 after internet romance scam victims transferred a total of S$290,000 to her bank account.
Noorul Ayn Abdul Shukoor was charged with possessing money reasonably suspected to be benefits of criminal conduct and did not explain how she obtained the money, according to the indictments.
In December 2020, police received a report from a 48-year-old woman who was the victim of an internet romance scam.
Investigations revealed the victim had “befriended an online male figure” who claimed to have sent her a package, police said in a statement.
Later, she received phone calls telling her that the package was being held by customs and that she had to pay a fee to clear it.
The victim transferred S$16,000 to a company bank account belonging to Noorul Ayn.
When the victim was asked to make further payments a few days later, she realized she had been cheated and filed a police report.
Investigations also showed that another internet romance scam victim, 58, also transferred S$274,000 to the same bank account, after falling prey to “the same trick”, the agency said. police.
Noorul Ayn, who was the manager of the Shaahi restaurant, was also accused of failing to keep accounting records as required by the Companies Act.
Anyone found guilty of possessing or using property that could reasonably be suspected of criminal advantage can be imprisoned for up to three years, fined up to S$150,000 or both.
Those found guilty of failing to keep accounting records under the Companies Act can be imprisoned for up to 12 months or fined up to S$5,000.
Police have urged people who receive or are asked to receive funds from “unknown or questionable sources” to contact the Anti-Scam Hotline (1800-722-6688).
“Police take a serious stand against anyone who may be involved in scams, and perpetrators will be dealt with according to law,” police said.
“To avoid being complicit in crimes, members of the public should always reject requests from others to use your bank account or mobile lines, as you will be held liable if these are linked to crimes.”