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More receiving calls from scammers claiming to be from SCCCI

The Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry says at least four people received calls from scammers informing them that they had won a 'lucky draw', or seeking personal details on the pretext of charity.

SINGAPORE: Cases of people receiving calls from scammers claiming to be from the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI) are on the rise. SCCCI said it received enquiries from one person suspected to have received such scam calls last year. This year though, it got queries from four people. 

One person who received such a call is Mdm Chen. She was told she had won a prize at the chamber's lucky draw, and that she needed to open a bank account to receive the cash. The calls were made from a Hong Kong number.

The scammers have reportedly tried to collect personal information such as identification numbers and bank account information as well, on the pretext of charity.

Said Mr Ho Nai Chuen, Chairman of the SCCCI General Affairs Committee: "It is easier to draw people's attention if it is a charitable organisation or charity event. It is easier for people to be more compassionate."

SCCCI clarified that it did not conduct any lucky draws recently, and says the scammers may be trying to get access to people's accounts, for money laundering.

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