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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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21 Feb 2020

Carousell user loses $750 to face mask scammer, offers $3,000 to anyone who can track him down

With surgical masks sold out at most pharmacies, some are turning to online marketplaces to get their fix. Unfortunately, scams hoping to cash in on the virus outbreak are spreading faster than the virus…...

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21 Feb 2020

17-year-old charged over $100 N95 mask scam

A 17-year-old was charged in court yesterday with cheating someone on Carousell over N95 masks....

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19 Feb 2020

Police warn of new scam involving takeover of Whatsapp accounts

SINGAPORE: The police on Wednesday (Feb 19) warned of a new variant of a scam involving the takeover of Whatsapp accounts. At least 18 police reports have been made about such scams since December 2019,…...

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17 Feb 2020

We looked into an ‘American’ website selling boxes of 50 surgical masks for S$40.20

-- And there have been a fair share of individuals and businesses taking advantage of the public panic, reselling masks and exorbitant prices....

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16 Feb 2020

Man charged with cheating victim of S$175,000 for 500 cartons of masks, says he is a victim himself

SINGAPORE: A 28-year-old man was charged on Saturday (Feb 15) with cheating another man into  paying S$175,000 as a deposit for 500 cartons of surgical face masks ....

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10 Feb 2020

Government agencies will not ask for financial details for coronavirus contact tracing: MOH, police

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Health (MOH) has stated that it is contacting individuals for contact tracing in the light of the coronavirus outbreak , but will not ask for financial details during these…...

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05 Feb 2020

Spike in scam cases pushed up crime rate last year to highest in 9 years

SINGAPORE - Scammers took more than $160 million from their victims last year, marking a 50 per cent surge in such cases and pushing the overall crime rate to its highest in nine years....

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05 Feb 2020

Singapore’s overall crime rate at 9-year high in 2019; scam cases rose 54%

SINGAPORE: The total number of reported crimes in 2019 increased by 6.3 per cent to 35,209 cases, compared to 33,126 cases the year before, the police said on Wednesday (Feb 5)....

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02 Feb 2020

Got an email about the Wuhan coronavirus? It could be a computer virus

SINGAPORE: Cyber criminals are making use of the Wuhan coronavirus situation to conduct malicious activities, the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCERT) warned on Friday (Jan 31)....

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30 Jan 2020

SPF warns public of fake police website that 'locks' computer screens

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Police Force (SPF) warned on Tuesday (Jan 28) of a fake police website that appears to lock a user's computer screen in order to obtain personal information....

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19 Jan 2020

Widow left with $99 after life savings of $55,000 wiped out in Viber scam; police investigating

SINGAPORE ( STOMP ) - The police are investigating an incident in which a 60-year-old woman had her life savings of $55,000 wiped out from her bank account after falling victim to a scam that was carried…...

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15 Jan 2020

Police warn of scammers posing as bogus charities raising funds for Australia bush fires

SINGAPORE - Australia's bush fires have become a new target for scammers, with fake fund appeals and bogus charities being used as some of the ploys to solicit money from victims....

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15 Jan 2020

At least S$1.6 million lost to scams targeting Singapore bank customers in past 12 months: Police

SINGAPORE — Victims have lost at least S$1.6 million over the past year to scammers targeting bank customers, the police said on Tuesday (Jan 14). Since January last year, the police have received at…...

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14 Jan 2020

Chinese national in Singapore loses $170,000 after falling for impersonation scam

A Chinese national lost $170,000 in a Chinese official impersonation scam shortly after arriving in Singapore last month....

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08 Jan 2020

At least S$38 million lost to impersonation scams in 2019: MHA

SINGAPORE — Victims of impersonation scams were cheated of at least S$38 million from January to November last year, amid a rise in the number of scam cases reported. In a written response to a parliamentary…...

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07 Jan 2020

Victims lose at least $6.8 million in loan scams in 2019

Between January and November last year, at least 1,700 cases of loan scams were reported, with victims losing at least $6.8 million, the police said in a press release yesterday....

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03 Jan 2020

Victims lose at least $6.8 million in loan scams in 2019

Between January and November last year, at least 1,700 cases of loan scams were reported, with victims losing at least $6.8 million, the police said in a press release yesterday....

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02 Jan 2020

$461,000 lost to lucky draw scams on Facebook: Police

New scams on the rise, including cases where callers impersonate technical support staff When Ms Tan (not her real name) received a message on Facebook from an account under the name of a former colleague,…...

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02 Jan 2020

Tax refund email circulating on WhatsApp a scam, warns Iras

SINGAPORE — An image of a tax refund email supposedly from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) is a scam, the authority warned on Monday (Dec 30)....

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02 Jan 2020

Police reach out to cosplayers, who are vulnerable to e-commerce and impersonation scams

SINGAPORE — Among the sea of people dressed as samurais, gun slingers and Disney princesses gathered for an annual Japanese pop culture festival at the Suntec convention centre on Sunday (Dec 29) were…...

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19 Dec 2019

Senior Parliamentary Secretary Amrin Amin thwarts scam attempt

Attempting to pass himself off as CIMB group chief executive Zafrul Aziz, the would-be scammer ran through the usual playbook, dangling a "secret" business proposal worth more than $1 million as bait....

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04 Dec 2019

Fraud website using fake comments from SM Tharman to solicit Bitcoin investments: MAS

SINGAPORE: A fraudulent website has been soliciting Bitcoin investments by using fabricated comments attributed to a senior minister, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) warned in an advisory on…...

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29 Nov 2019

Singapore helps bust transnational love scam syndicate that conned 139 people

SINGAPORE: A transnational Internet love scam syndicate that cheated at least 139 people out of about S$5.8 million has been crippled after a months-long joint operation between authorities in Singapore,…...

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27 Nov 2019

S$32 million lost to email scammers impersonating business partners, employees: Police

SINGAPORE: Victims have lost at least S$32 million to scammers impersonating business partners or employees, the Singapore Police Force said in a news release on Tuesday (Nov 26)....

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26 Nov 2019

At least S$1.2 million lost in Facebook impersonation scams

SINGAPORE: Scammers using hacked or spoofed Facebook accounts have cheated victims at least S$1.2 million this year, said the Singapore Police Force (SPF) in a news release on Monday (Nov 25). At least…...

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25 Nov 2019

Police warn bank customers not to fall for bank cards, accounts reactivation scam

SINGAPORE - A new variant of a scam targeting bank customers has emerged, the police warned on Monday (Nov 25). In this scam, the bank customers received SMS messages claiming that their bank cards were…...

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22 Nov 2019

Police warn about online ticket scams for Universal Studios Singapore, other attractions

SINGAPORE: The police on Friday (Nov 22) urged people to be wary when making hotel room reservations and buying attraction tickets online.  "With the upcoming December school holidays, the police would…...

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22 Nov 2019

Deceived by fake Changi Airport lucky draw, scam victims lose S$40,000

SINGAPORE: Scammers have deceived victims into giving away details of their credit card, debit card or bank accounts by saying they had won lucky draws organised by Changi Airport Group (CAG)....

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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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