Malaysian Gets 30 Months Jail Time for Using Fake Credit Cards in Singapore
Jan 09, 2017 03:04 PM EST
Attempts pulled by an unemployed Malaysian to use fake credit cards to cheat in Singapore have resulted Lim Weng Yeau to spend 30 months behind the bars
Lim, 25, pleaded guilty to seven charges of possessing fake credit cards and cheating in the State Courts, reported Yahoo. Another 14 offences by him were also taken into consideration.
The court documents revealed that Lim, who hails from Selangor, Malaysia has been unemployed since graduated from University. During his jobs hunting period, he came across by a post of a person under the name "Sure" on Facebook in July 2016, promising a low-risk and high profitable job.
He then contacted "Sure" via WeChat, a smart phone instant service messaging and was informed that his role was to buy goods from foreign countries by utilizing credit cards given to him. As a return, he will be receiving up to 8 per cent commission of the value of his purchases.
Two days after receiving the credit cards on September 4 in Kuala Lumpur, he to ION Orchard and with tried to buy a bag from Bottega Veneta store in the mall but the transaction did not go through. There were two credit cards used for the purchase.
Later that day he proceeds to Changi Airport and successfully bought flight tickets worth $850 from Malindo Air with one of the credit cards. A total of three credit cards - verified as fake by VISA and Mastercard, were found in his possession when he was arrested by the police.
District Judge Low Wee Ping called Lim as "naïve", before meting out the sentence. Low also said that Lim would have been facing 50 months or more instead of the given 30, if it's not because of the representation by his lawyer Ranadir Gupta.
Singapore, according to Strait Times, has the sixth-highest rate of card fraud globally. According to a new survey, more than one in three consumers in here falling prey to the crime.