11 Jan '12, 8am

Woman swindles money with help from Facebook

SINGAPORE: An unemployed woman was on Wednesday charged with allegedly cheating another woman of S$2,000 by impersonating as her cousin. 22-year-old Tricia Tan Si Ying, is believed to be involved in at least six other cases of cheating by using the same ruse. Her scheme involved getting the victims' contact via social networking site Facebook. She would then SMS her targets, asking for loans ranging from S$500 to S$2,000. She has allegedly made away with S$4,500 in all. As part of her ruse, she told her "cousin victim" she was using a new number because she had lost or changed her old mobile number. The unsuspecting victims would then transfer their money into the woman's POSB bank account. The victims only realised they had been cheated after checking with their own cousins. Tan, who was arrested early Tuesday morning in the vicinity of Hougang Central, will have her case...

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