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Singapore Motoring News. Uber and Grab scams, pensioner stealing pushbikes and arrests

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1. Warning. Bogus promo packages from Uber and Grab

Police have received at least nine reports where victims were tricked into purchasing “Grab or Uber promotional packages”. The total amount taken is at least $7,700.

The scam

Victims were introduced to cheap “Grab/Uber promotional packages” through friends who had come across these advertisements by word of mouth. The victims were asked to contact the promo package seller via Whatsapp. They were then instructed to transfer money to bank accounts to buy the package. However, after making payments, victims were not able to redeem the rides and the seller became unreachable.

Advice

The Police are advising members of the public to purchase rides only from the official sources and to always exercise caution when purchasing items at prices that sound too good to be true.

When in doubt, call the anti-scam helpline at 1800-722 6688 or visit https://www.scamalert.sg.

Anyone with more information on this crime is requested to call the Police Hotline at 1800-255-0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.

2. 72 year-old pensioner arrested for spate of bike thefts.

Police recently received several reports of bicycle thefts at Siglap Park Connector. Following extensive ground enquiries, an elderly suspect was arrested at Siglap Park Connector beside Kembangan Plaza. 

This crime carries the penalty of up to 3 years in prison, or a fine, or both.

The Police are reminding the public to adopt the following crime prevention measures to safeguard their bicycles from theft: 

  • Lock your bicycle when left unattended, even if it is only for a short while. All removable bicycle components should also be secured.
  • Use durable locks. You can consider using a U-lock that provides better security, complemented with a cable lock, or use a bicycle lock with an alarm feature.

3. Taxi Thief Arrested

The Police have arrested a 41- year-old man who is believed to be involved in a case of theft of a motor vehicle. 

Police received a report from a 63-year-old victim informing that his taxi, parked along Jalan Besar, had been stolen.  After extensive investigation, officers established the identity of the suspect and arrested him along Telok Blangah Drive. 

The offence of theft of motor vehicle is punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to seven years, and also carries liability for a fine.

The Police are urging vehicle owners to adopt the following crime prevention measures:

  • Park your vehicle in well-lit areas.
  • Install an anti-theft alarm for your vehicle.
  • Remove the ignition key and lock the vehicle, whenever it is left unattended.

News source: Public affairs department. Singapore police force

Photo credit: Scott Davidson

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