SINGAPORE – Two men were arrested on Friday (July 19) after allegedly tricking an 84-year-old woman to pay more than $ 40,000 in a renovation fraud.
Police received a report from the old woman on Thursday that the two suspects, aged 35 and 57, collected the amount after she involved them to do some minor repair work at her home.
The suspects asked him to make a double payment of $ 21,000 for the minimal work carried out.
The woman's neighbor stopped her from paying the men an additional $ 26,000 and advised her to make a police report.
Officers from the Bedok Police Division identified the suspects and arrested them on Friday.
$ 2,300 cash was also confiscated during the arrest.
Those convicted of fraud can be jailed for up to 10 years and fined.
For more information about fraud, visit www.scamalert.sg or contact the anti-fraud hotline at 1800-722-6688.
Those who have fraud related information can contact the police hotline at 1800-255-0000 or send information at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness