Breast implant Faulty breast implants imported from the now defunct French company, Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) , is creating problems for those who have fitted them. British MPs will examine whether those who had breast implants were given counselling before and after the surgery. Dr Daniel Poulter, a Conservative Party member of the investigating committee, and a practising doctor, said MPs were concerned that health watchdogs in the UK had failed to keep pace with the practices they were regulating. He added that the breast implants scandal has helped to shed light on the manner in which the cosmetic surgery industry has been working. In March, MPs will hold a short inquiry into the scandal over the faulty implants made by Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), before opening a wider investigation into the way cosmetic surgery and non-surgical procedures – such as Botox and dermal fillers – are regulated and marketed in the...Read More
Guo Cheng Cheng, 25, a Chinese national, was jailed eight months and fined S$3,000 for overstaying. She caught police attention when a woman reported that Guo had assaulted her on November 22, 2011. When Sergeant Tong Ee Phor and his partner arrived at the scene at New Bridge Road, he asked Guo for her identification papers and noticed that her social visit pass had already expired on June 24, 2010. She then tried to bribe the police officers all the way up to the police station, saying that she would “do anything for him, including offering her body”. The police officers reported the matter to the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau. Guo, whose father is retired and mother a housewife, will return to China after completing her sentence...Read More
Teo Tiong Guan, 47, a former stevedore, was jailed for two years and four months for cheating. He used his Chinese national girlfriend Xiao Lin, who was similar in build to his wife, to pose as his wife to take eight loans amounting to Sin$ 140,000 (US$ 108,208) between January and April 2011. Teo used the same ploy to apply for the sale of his matrimonial HDB flat without his wife’s knowledge. Xiao Lin posed as his wife, forged her signature and presented his wife’s IC at the HDB office. Teo pleaded guilty to cheating the HDB. He was jailed for two years and four months for cheating. Xiao Lin had been paid between $500 and $1000 each time she posed as his wife. She is still at...Read More
DBS announced on January 14, 2012, that it has blocked overseas ATM access to most accounts with immediate effect. This announcement came after the bank found out that $1 million was stolen from 700 of the banks customers. The customers can now block the usage of their cards overseas by contacting the bank. Customers who have not used their cards overseas since July 1, 2011 will not be able to do so unless they make arrangements with the bank. Customers who have used their cards overseas on or after July 1, 2011 will be able to continue to use their cards overseas. Customers can disable the use of their cards overseas by calling the bank, or at any of the bank’s branches and ATM machines. The Commercial Affairs Department, the Singpore Police’s white-collar crime unit, charged two Malaysians on January 12, 2012, with possessing a machine and other tools to make false ATM cards. A third suspect was named in the charge on January 14, but no details were given. On January 14, DBS Bank revealed that the two ATM machines which were compromised did not have “jitter” technology turned on. “Jitter” technology shakes the card upon insertion and removal to make it difficult for crooks to install the “skimming” devices. The bank said that current-day skimmers can compromise jitter technology. The use of jitter technology would result in...Read More
In the wake of the largest ATM fraud in Singapore, all banks are tightening the security of their ATM machines. DBS is looking to send SMS alerts of ATM withdrawals to its card holders. Piyush Gupta, CEO of ATM OCBC bank, said the bank is implementing an option to switch on or off ATM withdrawals when the card holder visits other countries. The bank will also implement a system of SMS alerts for all local and foreign ATM withdrawals. The bank had already installed anti-skimming devices in all its ATM machines since 2007. To give additional security, Citibank is also enhancing its Citi Alerts service to include ATM withdrawals. Citibank also provides its customers with information on their last four transactions and account balances via SMS on demand at any...Read More
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