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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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02 Apr 2020

Losses from one-time password scams jump 33-fold to S$15.3m in 2019

SINGAPORE — Last week, 23-year-old university graduate Marie received messages on Instagram from an account posing as a co-worker from a temporary job she once held. She was asked to provide her mobile…...

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31 Mar 2020

SPF warns of email scam impersonating police commissioner

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has warned the public about a fake email purportedly sent by the Commissioner of Police. The email provided instructions to recipients to proceed to the police…...

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30 Mar 2020

PM Lee warns against fake COVID-19 email purportedly sent by him asking people for 'contributions'

SINGAPORE: An email purportedly sent by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong asking for "contributions and thoughts" as Singapore tackles the spread of COVID-19 is fake, said Mr Lee on Monday (Mar 30). The…...

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29 Mar 2020

Message circulating online about safe-distancing ambassadors imposing fines untrue: Enterprise Singapore

SINGAPORE: A message circulating on messaging platforms and social media claiming that an Enterprise Singapore safe-distancing ambassador had fined someone for sitting on a seat that was marked out as…...

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27 Mar 2020

MOH warns of scammers impersonating its employees, COVID-19 contact tracing teams

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) said it was aware of scammers using automated voice calls or impersonating its staff members and COVID-19 contact tracing personnel....

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25 Mar 2020

Woman almost loses $30k in Chinese official impersonation scam

She nearly lost $30,000 in an impersonation scam because the fraudsters kept hounding her on the phone. But she was saved thanks to an alert bank employee....

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25 Mar 2020

11 people arrested for various scams, including 3 involving face masks

SINGAPORE: Eleven men were arrested after for their suspected involvement in more than 25 cases of scams, where victims lost over S$281,000, the police said on Tuesday (Mar 24)....

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15 Mar 2020

Two teenagers arrested for cheating victims of more than $9,800 in face mask and USS tickets scams

SINGAPORE - Two teenagers have been arrested for allegedly cheating victims of more than $9,800 in e-commerce scams involving the sale of face masks and Universal Studios Singapore (USS) tickets on online…...

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07 Mar 2020

4 people arrested over Carousell face mask scams

SINGAPORE: Four people have been arrested after numerous reports of scams involving face masks sold on e-commerce platform Carousell, the police said in a news release on Saturday (Mar 7), as they warned…...

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05 Mar 2020

Another woman scammed of almost $60k after getting Viber call from 'police from DBS'

A woman lost her life savings of nearly $60,000 after falling victim to a scam in which she received a 'threatening' Viber call from someone claiming to be from the police and DBS Bank....

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04 Mar 2020

Overseas calls to come with "+" to protect mobile users from scams

All overseas calls will come with the "+" prefix by April 15 to help the users of more than nine million mobile phone lines here better identify possible scams...

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04 Mar 2020

International calls to have plus sign prefix to combat scam calls: Janil Puthucheary

SINGAPORE: All incoming international calls will be prefixed with a plus sign (+) beginning April as part of efforts to protect members of the public from scam calls, said Senior Minister of State for…...

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01 Mar 2020

Police investigating 99 people for cheating, money laundering

SINGAPORE - A total of 99 people, aged between 15 and 71, are being investigated for their suspected involvement in 565 cases of scams....

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01 Mar 2020

SPF warns of phishing website posing as police site

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has warned the public about a phishing site purporting to be the police website....

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25 Feb 2020

MAS warns of phone scams impersonating regulator, bank staff

SINGAPORE — There have been reports of fraudulent messages and calls to members of the public that impersonate staff of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and request for personal or bank account…...

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25 Feb 2020

Fraudulent Phone Scams Impersonating MAS or Bank Staff

There have been fraudulent messages and calls to members of the public that impersonate MAS staff and request for personal or bank account information. Anyone who receives such messages or calls should…...

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24 Feb 2020

Police warn of face mask scams on e-commerce platforms

SINGAPORE: The police on Saturday (Feb 22) warned of a new variant of a an e-commerce scam involving the sale of face masks. At least 11 police reports have been made about such scams, the authorities…...

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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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