S'pore woman, 20, arrested for allegedly transferring S$7,000 out of taxi driver's account via PayNow

She can be found guilty under the Computer Misuse Act.

Mandy How | March 17, 2020, 10:40 AM

A 20-year-old woman has been arrested by the Singapore police for allegedly making an unauthorised transaction on a taxi driver's savings account.

On Mar. 12, the police received a report from the taxi driver, who said that he had ferried a woman.

He then handed his handphone over to the woman, presumably at the end of the ride, to facilitate the payment of taxi fare.

Afterwards, however, the driver discovered that S$7,000 had been transferred out of his savings account via PayNow, without his permission.

The sum was transferred to an unknown bank account.

Through investigations, officers from Tanglin Police Division established the identity of the woman.

She was arrested on the same day for her suspected involvement in a case of unauthorised modification to computer material.

One handphone was seized as case exhibit, the police release said.

Investigations are ongoing.

The offence of unauthorised modification to computer material carries an imprisonment term of up to three years, or a fine of up to S$10,000, or both.

To prevent unauthorised use of your internet banking account, the police advise the following:

  • Do not reveal your banking details or One-time Password to anyone
  • Do not allow anyone to access your internet banking account
  • Always log out, clear the browsing history and cache memory of the computer if using a shared computer
  • Check your bank statements periodically and alert your bank immediately should there be any discrepancies or unauthorised transactions.

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