Singapore 

Man jailed for scamming victims of almost $22,000 by selling hotel packages, Rolex watches on Carousell, Singapore News

Unaware that they were being scammed, his victims would browse his Carousell account and make payments for items such as hotel packages and Rolex watches. In just six months, between March and September, he cheated 16 victims of a total of almost $22,000. Yesterday, Foo Siang Wee, 27, was jailed 18 months on five counts of cheating and one count of theft in dwelling, with 11 other charges taken into consideration. Foo was able to trick his victims for so long as he kept changing his username on Carousell. In…

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Singapore 

Man who posed as HDB contractor and allegedly punched resident arrested for cheating over 19 victims, Singapore News

A 56-year-old man who posed as a Housing & Development Board (HDB) contractor and asked residents to pay deposits for ‘repair works’ has been arrested for his suspected involvement in a series of cheating cases. In an earlier report, Stomp contributor Vernon shared how the man had visited his unit at Block 185 Toa Payoh Central on March 22 to offer patch work services for the ceiling. Vernon turned down the man, who then approached his 76-year-old neighbour instead. When 72-year-old Vernon intervened, the man allegedly punched him. An HDB…

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Singapore 

Parliament: Proposed changes to Penal Code allow men to be considered rape victims, tackle revenge porn, Singapore News

Men can be considered victims of rape and peeping Toms, under a Bill introduced in Parliament on Monday (Feb 11) that will amend the Penal Code. The proposed changes under the Criminal Law Reform Bill seek to expand the definitions of rape and sexual assault to make them more gender-neutral and accommodate more scenarios. There are also provisions to introduce new offences that specifically tackle the act of voyeurism. It has been proposed that the definition of rape be expanded to include non-consensual penetration of the anus or the mouth…

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Singapore 

Molest victims aren’t just speaking up, they are fighting back, Singapore, Women News

When Nora (not her real name) fell asleep on her usual bus ride in September, a man sat with her. She woke up to find him touching her chest. She was so shocked, she could not react to being violated. Not only did the man not try to escape, he had the audacity to remain seated next to her and even offered her a sweet. The number of reported outrage of modesty cases has been increasing. Between January and June, there were 832 reported cases, an increase of 147 cases…

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Singapore 

Duo posed as robbery victims to extend stay in Singapore, Singapore News

Two Chinese nationals who wanted to extend their stay in Singapore thought they could fool the authorities by pretending to be robbery victims. Peng Mingying, 32, and Zhang Xuemei, 33, both Special Pass holders, were each sentenced to three months in jail yesterday after pleading guilty to one count of giving false information to a police officer. Special Pass holders are not allowed to work in Singapore. Peng had told police that she offered massage services here while Zhang’s occupation was not disclosed in court documents. Deputy Public Prosecutor Hui…

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Singapore 

Singaporean paraglider who helped to rescue Sulawesi quake victims dies in India accident, Singapore News

A Singaporean died in a paragliding accident in India, less than a month after he survived a 7.4-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province. Mr Ng Kok Choong, 53, was found dead on Tuesday (Oct 23), a day after he went missing. According to an obituary published on the Air Sports Federation of Singapore website, Mr Ng had taken off with his paragliding equipment at about 11am on Monday in Bir Billing in Himachal Pradesh, when the weather turned for the worst. He did not return to his hotel after the…

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Money 

Police thwart protest rallies by victims of China’s underground financial system

An unknown number of Chinese investors who have lost their life savings in the country’s peer-to-peer (P2P) lending industry mounted a failed attempt at a demonstration before the banking regulator on Monday, amid heavy intervention by the police in Beijing’s financial district. Hundreds of uniformed police, ancillary police and plain clothes officers patrolled several city blocks around Finance Street, where the central bank, as well as the regulators for stocks, banks and insurers are located. Alex Li, a 35-year-old organiser of the demonstration, said disgruntled investors from all corners of…

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