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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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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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14 Jan 2020

Chinese national in Singapore loses $170,000 after falling for impersonation scam

A Chinese national lost $170,000 in a Chinese official impersonation scam shortly after arriving in Singapore last month....

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08 Jan 2020

At least S$38 million lost to impersonation scams in 2019: MHA

SINGAPORE — Victims of impersonation scams were cheated of at least S$38 million from January to November last year, amid a rise in the number of scam cases reported. In a written response to a parliamentary…...

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07 Jan 2020

Victims lose at least $6.8 million in loan scams in 2019

Between January and November last year, at least 1,700 cases of loan scams were reported, with victims losing at least $6.8 million, the police said in a press release yesterday....

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03 Jan 2020

Victims lose at least $6.8 million in loan scams in 2019

Between January and November last year, at least 1,700 cases of loan scams were reported, with victims losing at least $6.8 million, the police said in a press release yesterday....

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02 Jan 2020

$461,000 lost to lucky draw scams on Facebook: Police

New scams on the rise, including cases where callers impersonate technical support staff When Ms Tan (not her real name) received a message on Facebook from an account under the name of a former colleague,…...

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02 Jan 2020

Tax refund email circulating on WhatsApp a scam, warns Iras

SINGAPORE — An image of a tax refund email supposedly from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) is a scam, the authority warned on Monday (Dec 30)....

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02 Jan 2020

Police reach out to cosplayers, who are vulnerable to e-commerce and impersonation scams

SINGAPORE — Among the sea of people dressed as samurais, gun slingers and Disney princesses gathered for an annual Japanese pop culture festival at the Suntec convention centre on Sunday (Dec 29) were…...

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19 Dec 2019

Senior Parliamentary Secretary Amrin Amin thwarts scam attempt

Attempting to pass himself off as CIMB group chief executive Zafrul Aziz, the would-be scammer ran through the usual playbook, dangling a "secret" business proposal worth more than $1 million as bait....

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04 Dec 2019

Fraud website using fake comments from SM Tharman to solicit Bitcoin investments: MAS

SINGAPORE: A fraudulent website has been soliciting Bitcoin investments by using fabricated comments attributed to a senior minister, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) warned in an advisory on…...

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29 Nov 2019

Singapore helps bust transnational love scam syndicate that conned 139 people

SINGAPORE: A transnational Internet love scam syndicate that cheated at least 139 people out of about S$5.8 million has been crippled after a months-long joint operation between authorities in Singapore,…...

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27 Nov 2019

S$32 million lost to email scammers impersonating business partners, employees: Police

SINGAPORE: Victims have lost at least S$32 million to scammers impersonating business partners or employees, the Singapore Police Force said in a news release on Tuesday (Nov 26)....

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26 Nov 2019

At least S$1.2 million lost in Facebook impersonation scams

SINGAPORE: Scammers using hacked or spoofed Facebook accounts have cheated victims at least S$1.2 million this year, said the Singapore Police Force (SPF) in a news release on Monday (Nov 25). At least…...

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25 Nov 2019

Police warn bank customers not to fall for bank cards, accounts reactivation scam

SINGAPORE - A new variant of a scam targeting bank customers has emerged, the police warned on Monday (Nov 25). In this scam, the bank customers received SMS messages claiming that their bank cards were…...

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22 Nov 2019

Police warn about online ticket scams for Universal Studios Singapore, other attractions

SINGAPORE: The police on Friday (Nov 22) urged people to be wary when making hotel room reservations and buying attraction tickets online.  "With the upcoming December school holidays, the police would…...

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22 Nov 2019

Deceived by fake Changi Airport lucky draw, scam victims lose S$40,000

SINGAPORE: Scammers have deceived victims into giving away details of their credit card, debit card or bank accounts by saying they had won lucky draws organised by Changi Airport Group (CAG)....

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16 Nov 2019

S$6 million lost to phone scammers impersonating technical support staff and police

SINGAPORE: Victims have lost at least S$6 million so far this year to phone scammers claiming to be technical support staff, said the Singapore Police Force in a news release on Friday (Nov 15)....

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18 Oct 2019

Online love scam victim arrested by police over forged cashier's orders

SINGAPORE: A 51-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of using two forged cashier's orders totalling more than S$600,000, the police said in a news release on Thursday (Oct 17). Last Thursday,…...

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15 Oct 2019

Victims lose $110,000 in new loan scam where crooks pretend to be Law Ministry, MAS officers

SINGAPORE - A new twist of the loan scam has surfaced and victims have lost at least $110,000 since September, the Ministry of Law (MinLaw) and police warned on Monday (Oct 14). In the latest ruse, the…...

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14 Oct 2019

More than 150 investigated in islandwide operation against scams

SINGAPORE: A total of 154 people are being investigated for their suspected involvement in various scams, the police said in a news release on Friday (Oct 11). The suspects, aged between 15 and 68, are…...

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07 Oct 2019

The Big Read: Plump pickings for scammers? Trusting, unsuspecting S’poreans need to raise their guard

SINGAPORE — The scammer struck at just the right time. When the elderly man answered a phone call from an unknown number last month, his usual defences were down....

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07 Oct 2019

The Big Read in Short: Scams galore — why S’poreans keep falling for them

SINGAPORE — A Singtel staff impersonator struck at just the right time, when the elderly man’s usual defences were down. The scammers accused him of being in trouble for money laundering and starting…...

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02 Oct 2019

Police warn of new scam involving fake Malaysian officer

SINGAPORE: The police on Wednesday (Oct 2) issued a warning about a new scam where a scammer poses as a Malaysian official....

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26 Sep 2019

Samsung says online $3 Galaxy S10 smartphone promotion is fake

SINGAPORE - Have you seen an article online promoting Samsung's Galaxy S10 phone for an unbelievable price of $3? It is fake, said the tech giant. Samsung also warned the public to beware of "too-good-to-be-true"…...

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23 Sep 2019

Police arrest trio suspected of involvement in online car rental, sex service scams

SINGAPORE: Three men were arrested last week on suspicion of involvement in a series of car rental and sexual service scams.  The suspects were aged 18, 19 and 23, police said in a news release on Monday…...

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23 Sep 2019

'It is very scary': How a foreign student was cheated of S$500,000 by fake China officials

SINGAPORE: "I agreed to work with them out of shock," said Ms Zhou, a foreign student who was cheated of S$500,000 earlier this month by scammers pretending to be officials from China.  Police said in…...

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18 Sep 2019

S$1.5m lost to scammers impersonating Singtel staff, police using tech support ploy

SINGAPORE: Scammers have a new tactic up their sleeves which involves them impersonating Singtel employees and claiming that there are issues with victims' Internet connections....

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16 Sep 2019

税务局提醒公众慎防诈骗电邮

本地近日出现冒充发自新加坡国内税务局的诈骗电邮,让公众误以为自己原本涉嫌涉及恐怖主义活动,进而诱骗他们提供个人信息,税务局提醒公众千万不要针对这类电邮做出回应。...

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