A 25-year-old man has been arrested after he purportedly sold an iPhone 7 online, only to hand over a box of "nails and screws" to the buyer during their transaction, said the Singapore Police on Sunday (Oct 9).
In a news release, the authorities said they received a report on Oct 8 (Saturday) from the victim, stating that after handing over the cash to the suspect at an MRT station, the suspect "left the location hurriedly". Said the Police: "The victim then made a check and discovered that the box only contained several pieces of nails and screws wrapped together in scotch tape."
Officers from Public Transport Security Command (TransCom) and Tanglin Division then followed up on the matter and arrested the suspect.
The suspect will be charged in Court on Oct 10 with the offence of Cheating under Section 420 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224. Any person found guilty of the offence may be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to 10 years, and shall also be liable to a fine.