Five years’ jail for man behind ‘largest ecommerce fraud by an individual’ in Singapore

The prosecution said Poh’s case involved the largest scale of ecommerce fraud committed by an individual to date in Singapore. — Family photo created by jcomp – SINGAPORE: A serial conman cheated 396 victims on online marketplace Carousell over 18 months, resulting in losses totalling S$108,693 (RM348,228).

The prosecution said Caine Poh Zhenlong’s case involved the largest scale of ecommerce fraud committed by an individual to date in Singapore.

On Wednesday (Aug 31), Poh was sentenced to five years’ jail and a fine of S$17,000 (RM54,464) after he pleaded guilty to two counts of cheating involving more than S$87,000 (RM278,728) and five charges involving unlawful gambling activities.

Another nine charges, including one count of cheating involving some S$21,000 (RM67,274), were considered during sentencing.

Poh will spend an additional 10 weeks behind bars if he is unable to pay the fine.

The court heard that Poh came across news articles in 2018 on victims who had been cheated on Carousell. He decided to commit similar offences and registered multiple Carousell accounts.

As the registration process for a Carousell account required a mobile phone number, Poh posted on multiple Facebook groups to ask if anyone needed a job. After receiving responses, he told the jobseekers that he needed their mobile phone numbers, which he then used to register the Carousell accounts.

He also asked the jobseekers for the one-time-password that was sent to their devices to register the accounts.Poh then told the jobseekers to wait for his response but did not get back to any of them.To carry out his scam, Poh posted advertisements on Carousell purporting to sell various products. Most of them were tickets to attractions, particularly Universal Studios Singapore as he had noticed many people were looking to buy them on the platform.Between Jan 1 and Dec 28, 2019, Poh duped multiple victims into […]

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