After two weeks of thorough enforcement operation by the Officers from the Commercial Affairs Departments and Seven Police Division which took place between Feb 17 and Feb 28, at least 99 people with ages ranging from 15 to 71 have been suspected and currently under investigation for 565 cases of scam relating to cheating and money laundering. They are likely going to face about ten years jail terms if convicted for cheating, and an additional $500,000 if convicted for money laundering.
Relative to the occurrence, the police have advised the general public to be careful of purchasing products advertised online. People need to be conscious and read reviews before initiating a purchase on any item they see online. According to the police, some online sellers go as far as uploading the driver license or NRIC to prove their credibility. Regardless, buyers should avoid making payments I advance especially on website they do not trust. In addition, they should also reject requests asking them to use their local accounts or mobile lines as they will be held responsible if their accounts are found to be linked with illegal transactions.