Job Scam

Job Scam

As of December 2021

4554

victims

Have fallen prey to scammers

S$91.0

million

Total amount lost to scammers

S$4.3

million

Largest amount lost by an individual

WHAT IS A JOB SCAM?

You receive an unsolicited job offer via messaging apps, social media, etc. Very often, potential ‘employers’ will offer high pay with very little time commitment or effort. There are a number of different job scams. ‘Affiliate Marketing’ jobs where you are asked to pay for products in advance to boost the sales of sellers in return for commission. 'Agent' jobs require you to process fund transfers using your personal bank account, then transfer the money through online banking or money transfer services such as Western Union or MoneyGram. Applicants for jobs like 'Assistant Purchaser', 'Stock Takers' or 'Trial Participant' may be asked to reveal details like name, identity card number, phone security code or OTPs. This allows the scammers to access your mobile phone to make online purchases. 'Male Social Escort' jobs promise introductions to wealthy female clients, but only after you pay a registration fee. You may also be asked to pay additional fees such as insurance or membership.

Look out for these scam signs

How to stay safe

If you receive an unsolicited job offer, always verify the authenticity of the offer with the hiring company through their official channels. You can check the information against the "Recruitment" section on the corporate website or by emailing the HR department.
Never allow others, including your "employers", to use your bank account to conduct 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 are responsible for all the transactions that are carried out on your account.
Do not download unverified apps from unknown sources to apply for a job.
You should never be asked to pay to secure a job offer.

Job Scam: Real Stories

01 Dec 2022 | Job Scam

Online friend turned out to be a scammer

This lady added me on Instagram and I remember her ig is ccaini13140628, she named herself coco. The chat went on for 3 days and she decided to ask for help with her 2nd job. She asked if i could help…...

30 Nov 2022 | Job Scam

Fake friend impersonation scam is still rampant. Beware!

This person stated that he is my friend "kelvin lau" from Malaysia. Firstly, he was quite reluctant to give me his name when I asked him for it. he keep saying "you don't remember my voice?", I kept asking…...

30 Nov 2022 | Job Scam

Beware of online friends asking for your help

I was matched with a lady by the name of jennifer through tinder. After a short chat, we decided to take it off platform and chat via whatsapp. The chat was pleasant for 3 days. She would try to sent…...

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