Taiwanese duo charged over police impersonation scam

Taiwanese duo charged over police impersonation scam
Wang Wei Ming (left) and Wang Wei Ciang, the two Taiwanese men involved in a police impersonation scam, are seen here arriving at the State Courts. Photo: Koh Mui Fong/TODAY
Published: 4:00 AM, August 11, 2017
Updated: 11:31 AM, August 11, 2017

SINGAPORE — Two Taiwanese men were charged yesterday over an alleged scam in which they impersonated police officers.

Wang Wei-Ming, 25, and Wang Wei-Ciang, 23, face one count each of dishonestly receiving stolen property. The former allegedly received S$45,100 from the latter between Aug 4 and Aug 8, while Wang Wei-Ciang is said to have received S$33,800 from a person named Shen Xinyan on Aug 8. TODAY understands that the pair, who were arrested on Tuesday, do not work here.

The police said in a news release that a 31-year-old woman received a call on Aug 4 from a stranger claiming to be a police officer investigating her for money laundering.

The call was transferred to another unknown person, who claimed to be a police officer from a foreign country, and she was told to key in her Internet banking credentials on a webpage.

Later, the woman found out that her bank account had been accessed illegally, with S$45,100 transferred to an unknown bank account.

The police said the duo are believed to be involved in at least six other similar cases, in which the victims collectively lost about S$100,000.

Both Wang Wei-Ciang and Wang Wei-Ming were remanded and are due to appear in court on Aug 17.

If convicted of dishonestly receiving stolen property, each of them can be jailed up to five years and/or fined.