From January to September 2016, Singaporeans have been cheated of almost S$39 million through various types of scams.
With 1,491 cases of online purchase scams, 448 cases Internet love scams and 428 cases of scammers impersonating officials from China having occurred this year alone, it seems the need for a safeguard is at an all-time high.
The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has launched a hotline, 1800-722-6688, and if you’re ever contacted by potential scammers or perhaps a sexy woman requesting for money, you can call this number to seek advice or check if you’re being cheated.
The hotline is especially useful for the elderly in particular, who are especially vulnerable to internet scams. The number is manned by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), and operates Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.
Email impersonation scams have also been on the rise, increasing by 20 per cent to 165 cases from January to September this year. Scammers usually hack into the victims’ email accounts, obtaining information from their emails and impersonating someone whom the victim knows. They then communicate with the victim and ask for money.
So the next time you get an irresistible offer for millions of dollars from a Nigerian prince, you know who to call.