Man arrested for allegedly deceiving graphics card buyers on Carousell

SINGAPORE — A 19-year-old man believed to be linked to a series of e-commerce scams involving graphics cards has been arrested.

Police said in a statement Thursday, May 5, that they had received several reports of people who were allegedly deceived after placing orders for graphics cards with the Carousell man.

A graphics card is used by gamers and photo and video editors to enable computers to display enhanced graphics by quickly rendering images, videos and animations.

Victims did not receive their items after making payments through PayNow.

Police established the man’s identity and arrested him on Thursday.

Preliminary investigations showed he was also involved in at least nine other cheating cases, in which victims lost at least $12,000, police said.

The man will be charged in court Friday with cheating. The offense is punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years and a fine.

Police are advising the public to take precautions when shopping online.

“If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. Buy only from authorized sellers or trusted sources, especially for high-value items,” they said.

Consumers can also protect themselves by using options that only release funds to the seller upon delivery of the good or service, police said.

“Whenever possible, avoid making prepayments or direct bank transfers to the seller as this method offers no protection,” they added.

“Scammers can trick buyers into contacting them directly via messaging platforms such as WhatsApp or WeChat with a better or faster deal if bank transfer payments go directly to them.

“They may also use a local bank account or provide a copy of an NRIC or driver’s license to trick you into believing they are genuine sellers.”

Those with information related to such crimes can call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000 or submit here.

More advice related to the scam can be found at This site or via the anti-scam hotline at 1800-722-6688.

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