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Talking Point 2018: Who Is Scamming Me? (Part 2)

Follow Talking Point as it delves deep into the world of phone scams to uncover a web of criminal syndicates, spanning across Asia.

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16 Nov 2019

S$6 million lost to phone scammers impersonating technical support staff and police

SINGAPORE: Victims have lost at least S$6 million so far this year to phone scammers claiming to be technical support staff, said the Singapore Police Force in a news release on Friday (Nov 15)....

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18 Oct 2019

Online love scam victim arrested by police over forged cashier's orders

SINGAPORE: A 51-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of using two forged cashier's orders totalling more than S$600,000, the police said in a news release on Thursday (Oct 17). Last Thursday,…...

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15 Oct 2019

Victims lose $110,000 in new loan scam where crooks pretend to be Law Ministry, MAS officers

SINGAPORE - A new twist of the loan scam has surfaced and victims have lost at least $110,000 since September, the Ministry of Law (MinLaw) and police warned on Monday (Oct 14). In the latest ruse, the…...

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14 Oct 2019

More than 150 investigated in islandwide operation against scams

SINGAPORE: A total of 154 people are being investigated for their suspected involvement in various scams, the police said in a news release on Friday (Oct 11). The suspects, aged between 15 and 68, are…...

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07 Oct 2019

The Big Read: Plump pickings for scammers? Trusting, unsuspecting S’poreans need to raise their guard

SINGAPORE — The scammer struck at just the right time. When the elderly man answered a phone call from an unknown number last month, his usual defences were down....

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07 Oct 2019

The Big Read in Short: Scams galore — why S’poreans keep falling for them

SINGAPORE — A Singtel staff impersonator struck at just the right time, when the elderly man’s usual defences were down. The scammers accused him of being in trouble for money laundering and starting…...

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02 Oct 2019

Police warn of new scam involving fake Malaysian officer

SINGAPORE: The police on Wednesday (Oct 2) issued a warning about a new scam where a scammer poses as a Malaysian official....

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26 Sep 2019

Samsung says online $3 Galaxy S10 smartphone promotion is fake

SINGAPORE - Have you seen an article online promoting Samsung's Galaxy S10 phone for an unbelievable price of $3? It is fake, said the tech giant. Samsung also warned the public to beware of "too-good-to-be-true"…...

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23 Sep 2019

Police arrest trio suspected of involvement in online car rental, sex service scams

SINGAPORE: Three men were arrested last week on suspicion of involvement in a series of car rental and sexual service scams.  The suspects were aged 18, 19 and 23, police said in a news release on Monday…...

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23 Sep 2019

'It is very scary': How a foreign student was cheated of S$500,000 by fake China officials

SINGAPORE: "I agreed to work with them out of shock," said Ms Zhou, a foreign student who was cheated of S$500,000 earlier this month by scammers pretending to be officials from China.  Police said in…...

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18 Sep 2019

S$1.5m lost to scammers impersonating Singtel staff, police using tech support ploy

SINGAPORE: Scammers have a new tactic up their sleeves which involves them impersonating Singtel employees and claiming that there are issues with victims' Internet connections....

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16 Sep 2019

税务局提醒公众慎防诈骗电邮

本地近日出现冒充发自新加坡国内税务局的诈骗电邮,让公众误以为自己原本涉嫌涉及恐怖主义活动,进而诱骗他们提供个人信息,税务局提醒公众千万不要针对这类电邮做出回应。...

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12 Sep 2019

Nearly 100 reports of scams involving fake Lazada, Shopee lucky draws: Police

SINGAPORE: At least 90 police reports have been lodged as of August this year on scams involving fake Lazada and Shopee lucky draws. The police said in a news release on Thursday (Sep 12) that the total…...

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06 Sep 2019

Internet love scammers target those who are emotionally vulnerable, say police

SINGAPORE — Internet love scammers are luring Singaporeans in growing numbers, by choosing emotionally vulnerable victims such as those who just ended a relationship, police said on Wednesday (Sept 4).…...

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04 Sep 2019

Woman nearly loses US$5,000 in online love scam

SINGAPORE - Heartbroken after a one-year relationship with a man she met while gaming on the Internet ended, Alice (not her real name) decided to look for love online in July this year. The 43-year-old…...

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30 Aug 2019

Crime up 7% in first half of 2019, mainly due to rise in scam cases: Police

SINGAPORE: The total number of reported crimes in Singapore increased by 7 per cent in the first half of 2019 to 16,745 cases, compared to 15,649 cases for the same period in 2018, the police said on…...

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29 Aug 2019

Singtel warns about scam calls involving fake technicians, customer service officers

SINGAPORE: Singtel on Wednesday (Aug 28) warned of a scam targetting the personal details of its customers. There have been callers claiming to be a Singtel technician or customer care officer, offering…...

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26 Aug 2019

充值援交诈骗案首三月同比增近两倍 警方对AXS和便利店加强巡逻

警方数据显示,今年首三个月一共发生168起充值援交诈骗案,同去年同期的61起相比,增幅将近两倍;涉案金额则从15万4000元飙升至约40万元,增幅达160%。...

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26 Aug 2019

Sweet young love, or scam? Man, 22, deletes dating apps after almost falling prey to credit-for-sex ruse

SINGAPORE — She is a cute, innocent-looking girl who chatted him up over dating app Badoo last month. He just completed his National Service in May, and is waiting to start school....

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26 Aug 2019

115 people investigated for scams involving more than S$253,000

SINGAPORE: A total of 115 people are assisting with investigations into scams involving more than S$253,000, the police said on Saturday (Aug 24)....

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23 Aug 2019

ScamAlert: "Be A Changi Millionaire" phone scam

Changi Airport Group has recently alerted the public that some members of the public have received unsolicited calls from Viber or non-CAG phone channels requesting for confidential information such as…...

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23 Aug 2019

Teen cheated victims of over S$200,000 in various telco, concert ticket scams

SINGAPORE — He ran several scams when he was just 17 and 18 years old, duping people into giving him money for concert tickets to watch popular performers such as American pop star Britney Spears and…...

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22 Aug 2019

IRAS warns of scam email, image circulating on WhatsApp

SINGAPORE — The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) has released an advisory on its  Facebook page  and  website  on Tuesday (20 August), warning the public of a scam email whose image has also…...

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21 Aug 2019

Phone impersonation scams cheated victims of S$5.3m from Jan to May 2019: Police

SINGAPORE — The police on Wednesday (Aug 21) warned the public about telephone impersonation scams that trick the victim into thinking they are in trouble with the law....

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21 Aug 2019

Man cheated S$500,000 from 62 people through Facebook investment scams

SINGAPORE — To feed his gambling habit, Alvin Ker Jia Jun came up with a series of fake investment schemes using his personal Facebook account....

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19 Aug 2019

Website using false comments attributed to PM Lee to solicit Bitcoin investment: MAS

SINGAPORE: A fraudulent website has been using fabricated comments attributed to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to solicit Bitcoin investments, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) warned on Friday…...

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16 Aug 2019

Mobile phone buyers lost $24,000 to scammers from January to May: Police

SINGAPORE - Victims have lost at least $24,000 to mobile phone scams on e-commerce platforms in the first five months of this year, the police said....

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07 Aug 2019

SBS Transit warns of scam text messages using company's name

SINGAPORE: SBS Transit warned passengers on Tuesday (Aug 6) of a scam text message using the company's name that claims the recipient has "won a prize"....

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07 Aug 2019

2 men arrested for series of job scams amounting to S$100,000

SINGAPORE: Two men, aged 26 and 30, were arrested for their suspected involvement in a series of job scams amounting to more than S$100,000. In a news release on Tuesday (Aug 6), police said they received…...

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06 Aug 2019

ICA warns of phone scammers impersonating its officers

SINGAPORE: The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Tuesday (Aug 6) warned the public of phone scammers claiming to be its officers. Such calls were made from different numbers, including 1800…...

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