Loan Scam

Loan Scam

As of December 2021

2274

victims

Have fallen prey to scammers

S$18.3

million

Total amount lost to scammers

S$361

thousand

Largest amount lost by an individual

WHAT IS A LOAN SCAM?

If you receive phone calls, unsolicited text messages via SMS, messaging apps or come across advertisements on social media or online offering loans or loan services, you’ve encountered a loan scam. The scammers may claim to be staff from a licensed money lender to gain your trust. You are then instructed to transfer money before the loan can be disbursed. The scammers disappear once the money is transferred. They may also ask for personal information like NRIC and contact numbers, Singpass details and bank account numbers. The information is then used to harass or threaten you for more payments.

Look out for these scam signs

How to stay safe

Ignore any unsolicited loan ads. Licensed moneylenders are not permitted to advertise. Block and report the number or ad on the platform on which the advertisement appeared.
Seek financial help only from legitimate financial institutions registered with the Registry of Moneylenders at https://rom.mlaw.gov.sg/information-for-borrowers/list-of-licensed-moneylenders-in-Singapore/.

Only contact the licensed moneylenders via the contact details found in the registry. Scammers may impersonate licensed moneylenders by using their names, licence numbers and creating fake websites.
Licensed moneylenders are required to meet the borrower at the approved place of business to conduct physical face-to-face ID verification before granting a loan. Approving and disbursing loans online is disallowed.

Loan Scam: Real Stories

25 Jun 2022 | Loan Scam

Scammer got angry when I reject his loan offer

A call came to my mobile number asking if i needed a loan. I rejected right from the start but scammer got furious when I threatened to call the police because he was not supposed to make cold calls to…...

09 Jun 2022 | Loan Scam

Don't respond to calls or advertisements offering loans

I have been received lots of spam calls over the past while, and this time round the caller called me via his mobile number 82693610 to promote a personal loan scam. I answered the call and once he started…...

18 May 2022 | Loan Scam

Don't respond to loan advertisements

100% of all online loan offers are either illegal, scams or loan sharks. I met my scammer on locanto sg. instead of asking victims for upfront fees, they have reversed tactics now. insisted to deposit…...

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