Internet Love Scam

Internet Love Scam

As of December 2022



Have fallen prey to scammers



Total amount lost to scammers


You are befriended by an attractive person (usually foreign) online and after gaining your trust, they ask you for money as proof of love. He/She will tell a tale about falling into trouble or hard times and ask for a loan from you. Once the money is transferred, the scammer disappears.

In some cases, your online friend may ask you to invest in a company or cryptocurrencies.

He/she may also request that you help them receive or transfer funds on their behalf using your bank account.

Look out for these scam signs

How to stay safe

If you have not met the person, do not send any money to him or her.
Verify the identity of the person you are talking to with an online image search on,
Insist on a LIVE video call with the person you're talking to.
All investments carry risks. Be wary of opportunities that promise high returns and low risk.

Always ask, check and confirm before you invest.
Never allow others to use your bank account to conduct their transactions. You may be committing a crime by laundering money for criminals.

Money laundering is a serious offence. Offenders may be fined up to $500,000 and imprisoned for 10 years. You should note that you are responsible for all the transactions carried out on your account.

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Internet Love Scam: Real Stories

09 Feb 2024 | Internet Love Scam

Online friend who called me daily turned out to be a scammer

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07 Feb 2024 | Internet Love Scam

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Matched with a girl named Gabby on Bumble, who claimed to be from Malaysia and had been in Singapore for six years, working as an RM at HL Bank in Tanjong Pagar. We moved our conversation to Telegram,…...

12 Jan 2024 | Internet Love Scam

Don't be fooled by online friends

Connected with an individual on Coffee Meets Bagel in early January 2024. She claimed to be a Malaysian working as an ID in Singapore, collecting task orders for Versace as a part-time job recommended…...

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