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Kidnap phone scams reported in S'pore

If your residential phone number is “6364xxxx”, you could be one of those kidnap scammers may call. Police said such scams aim to cheat victims by creating fear that their loved ones are "kidnapped".

SINGAPORE: If your residential phone number is “6364xxxx”, you could be one of those kidnap scammers may call.

Police said such scams aim to cheat victims by creating fear that their loved ones are "kidnapped".

Police have received reports of such cases from residents whose numbers start with 6363 and police believe scammers are likely to target those with numbers starting with 6364 next.

Madam Choo, who almost fell prey to the scam, said that she heard a boy yelling 'Mum, ask the uncle not to beat me!' over the phone.

"He sounded like my son. I was very scared," added Madam Choo.

“The person at the other end of the line refused to let me put down the phone.

“He had called my residential line, then he asked for my mobile number, and said, ‘you just stay on the line and walk to the ATM to withdraw money’. I had requested several times to speak to my child but the person was saying no.”

Madam Choo managed to contact her son and no money was transferred.

But others were not so lucky.

There were 83 reported cases in the first quarter of 2012, with five people falling prey to the scams.

Total losses amounted to S$30,000.

In the same period last year, 49 cases were reported.

But from January to March this year, the figure soared to 91 cases, with 12 successful scams and losses reaching S$60,000. 

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