A 22-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly tricking women he met through an online dating mobile application into giving him money, the police said in a news release on Monday (Jul 25).
Police said they received several reports between March and May from women who were cheated of their money by someone they befriended through an online dating mobile application.
According to the police, the suspect sent the women messages claiming that he was involved in a vehicle accident and needed money to settle the matter privately with the other party. He also told some of the women that he was an interior designer and needed money for a "work project".
After the money was transferred, the suspect would keep giving excuses to avoid repayment.
Police officers from Tanglin Division launched an investigation and arrested the suspect after establishing his identity.
He will be charged in court on Monday with cheating. If convicted, he faces a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine.