Singapore: Police arrests woman over serial rental scams in Toa Payoh
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A 42-year-old man was arrested by the police in Singapore on suspicion of his involvement in a series of job scams in the country, the police said on Saturday.

Several reports were lodged by the victims to the police between August and November aginst the accused. Most of the victims are foreigners.

Reports said the scam victims responded to an online advertisement offering job placement services. They were asked to pay a man a $500 to $1,000 deposit. But once the payment was done, the man would become uncontactable.

The police officers from Tanglin Division arrested the man on Thursday from Bedok North St 2, after establishing the identity of the suspect.

If the man is convicted of the offence of cheating under Section 420, Chapter 22 of the Penal Code, he might have to face up to 10 years in jail and could also be fined.

Authorities said investigations are going on. The police advised members of the public to be vigilant about such advertisements. They should seek employment services from licensed agents and be careful of employers who ask for upfront payment.

The police also urged the public to be suspicious of jobs which promise high returns for little effort and advertisements of a dubious nature.