Loan Scam

WHAT IS A Loan Scam?

SMSes or WhatsApp messages are sent offering loans and loan services to random users. The scammers may claim to be staff from a licensed moneylender. Interested parties are instructed to transfer money as a deposit before the loan can be disbursed. After making the transfer, victims find that the scammers are no longer contactable. As part of these scams, the scammers may ask for personal information like NRIC and contact numbers, Singpass details and bank account numbers. When handed over, the information is used to harass or threaten victims for payment.

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WORTH OF MONEY LOST
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  • Advertisements on messaging platforms. It is illegal for licensed moneylenders to advertise via SMS or WhatsApp.
  • Ignore these advertisements and messages
  • Block and report the number as spam on WhatsApp or through third-party applications
  • Only engage the services of licensed moneylenders listed on the Ministry of Law's Registry of Moneylenders website at https://rom.mlaw.gov.sg/information-for-borrowers/list-of-licensed-moneylenders-in-singapore/

What to look out for

  • Advertisements on messaging platforms. It is illegal for licensed moneylenders to advertise via SMS or WhatsApp.

How to protect yourself

  • Ignore these advertisements and messages
  • Block and report the number as spam on WhatsApp or through third-party applications
  • Only engage the services of licensed moneylenders listed on the Ministry of Law's Registry of Moneylenders website at https://rom.mlaw.gov.sg/information-for-borrowers/list-of-licensed-moneylenders-in-singapore/

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