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Apple scam cheats nabbed by police


Apple Scam Cheats Nabbed

Police and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority have arrested 2 men and 3 women at Woodlands Checkpoint at about 2.50pm yesterday (12 Jun 2007). They were suspected to be involved in a case of apple scam that was reported at around 1.40pm on the same day.
On 12 June 07, about 11am, the victim, a woman in her late 60s was waiting to cross the road outside the Old Airport Road hawker centre when she was approached by the first female culprit who pretended to ask her for the whereabouts of a certain divine master, who can cure her child¨s illness.
They were then approached by the other two female culprits who claimed they know the whereabouts of the master. One of the culprits also claimed to be his grand daughter.
The same culprit then pretended to call the master and then informed the victim that the master is aware that she is suffering from skin problems, and warned her that she will die from illness unless prayers are conducted for her.
The culprits then told the victim to bring to them cash of $55,000 and other jewellery to be used as part of the prayer ritual. The first culprit was also given the same instructions.
Accompanied by of one of the culprits, the victim returned home to collect jewellery worth a total of $730, and also withdrew $55,000 from a bank at Marine Parade.
They then met up with the other 2 culprits at an overhead bridge at Cassia Crescent. The victim was then told to place her valuables into a black trash bag, after which prayers were conducted.
The culprit who claimed to be the grand daughter of the master then handed a black trash bag to the victim and told her to only open the bag ten days later.
The victim only realized that her valuables were missing after she opened the bag upon returning home. The bag contained another plastic bag containing two bottles of mineral water and a box of soap powder.
The 5 suspects, all of whom are Chinese nationals, will be charged in court on 14 June 2007 for cheating with common intention under Section 420 read with Section 34 of the Penal Code. If convicted, they face imprisonment up to a maximum of 7 years and shall also be liable to a fine.
13 June 2007 @ 6.30PM

Source: Media Release 13 Jun 2007

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