Teenager accused of £7,500 fraud by ordering takeaways and cancelling them

A 17-year-old boy has been accused of cashing in by pocketing £7,500 by ordering takeaways before cancelling them.

The teenager allegedly defrauded food delivery service Foodpanda to the tune of some $14,000 Singapore dollars (about £7500) by ordering food and other goods and then pretending it hadn’t been delivered.

As well as takeaways Foodpanda’s service offers deliveries from wine merchants florists and even DIY stores so it wouldn’t be hard to quickly rack up a hefty bill.

The company claims the lad made fraudulent refund claims on delivery orders which included food, groceries and alcohol.

The alleged scam seems to have gone on since the beginning of the year but Foodpanda didn't report iy to police until August 21.

His final order, according to CNA, included a pack of grapes, six packs of Want Want flavoured milk, a pack of Kellogg's cornflakes, a Mamee Monster Noodle Snack, crisps and energy bars.

Given that Foodpanda were able to provide the suspect’s delivery address, it was a simple matter for officers of the Jurong Police Division to establish the identity of the teen and arrest him.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that he had made S$14,000 worth of fraudulent refund claims on his delivery orders, which included cooked food, groceries and liquor,” the police said.

The teen has been charged with breaking Singapore's Section 420 of the Penal Code – an offence which carries a potential prison sentence of up to 10 years as well as a fine.

The suspect appeared in court on Tuesday, he was offered bail of S$15,000 (£8,300) and he will return to face a judge on September 22.

A Jurong Police spokesperson said: “The police take a serious view against any person who may be involved in fraud activities and the perpetrators will be dealt with in accordance with the law.”

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