Singaporeans online have raised more than S$18,000 for a 70-year-old man who lost $400,000 to two con women over 15 years.
The New Paper reported on Sunday that the two Singaporean women told Mr Tan Soy Kiang, who is single, that he had to pay up a debt owed to the government through them. Mr Tan had considered the two women friends who he has known for a long time and trusted. Police have arrested a 65-year-old woman. Another 69-year-old woman is assisting with investigations.
Dan Chen, who works in an international school, started a campaign on Indiegogo on Sunday to raise US$5,000 (S$6,763) for Mr Tan. By 8.30am on Monday, more than US$14,000 (S$18,935) has been raised for Mr Tan by 442 people. Of the public donations, US$1,000 (S$1,352) was the highest single amount.
Mr Tan, who cannot stand up straight due to a spinal injury, holds two jobs. He works as a cleaner from 7am to 11.30am, and then as a pump attendant at the Esso station along Toa Payoh Lorong 2 from 4pm to 11.30pm.
Mr Tan's niece, Pamela Lim, uncovered the alleged cheating in 2013 when she returned to Singapore after living in Australia for 15 years. Mr Tan survived by borrowing money from neighbors and his sister, but he did not mention why he was constantly out of money. He finally relented when Ms Lim asked him what happened.
Although Ms Lim managed to confront the women a year ago to get them to confess on video what they were doing, and they promised to stop, they went to look for Mr Tan again after six months. They would wait for him near his workplace after his pay day.