SMSes Claiming Kidnap of Loved Ones

ScamAlert Advisor | 01 Jun 2019

Numerous reports from members of the public informing that they have received SMSes (Short Message Service) claiming that their loved ones had been kidnapped have been received. The SMSes also asked for money as ransom to ensure the safety of their loved ones. The Police would like to warn the public that this is a scam.

Members of the public are advised to adopt the following measures should the receive such SMSes:

  • Don’t panic – Remain calm and do not reply to the SMS. Block and report the number as spam.
  • Don’t believe – Contact your loved one immediately to confirm their safety.
  • Don’t give – do not transfer any money as instructed by the SMSes.

If you wish to provide any information relating to such cases, please call the Police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit information online at Please dial ‘999’ if you require urgent Police assistance.

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