What is a Scam?
A scam is designed to trick you into giving away your money, personal details or data by offering an attractive deal or false information.
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| 08 Apr 2020
There is a spike in the number of scam cases involving fake cash giveaways on social media. Scammers would use social media platforms such as Facebook to advertise on fake cash giveaways. Victims were instructed to share their internet banking details and One-Time Passwords (OTPs) in order to receive the money into their bank accounts. The scammers would subsequently use the information to make unauthorised and fraudulent transactions from the victims’ bank accounts without their consent.
Since December 2019, there were at least 13 reports lodged. The Police have observed that some fake advertisements have now evolved to include references to COVID-19 related pay outs by the government.
During this uncertain period, members of the public are advised to take the following precautions when they receive unsolicited messages and information, especially from unknown parties:
If you wish to provide any information related to such crimes, please call the Police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit it online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness. If you require urgent Police assistance, please dial ‘999’.
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