SINGAPORE: A video shot by comedian Hossan Leong to raise awareness of phone scams has drawn more than 45,000 views and 1,635 shares in about half a day.
The Singapore Police Force (SPF) uploaded the video on its website on Sunday (Jul 3), noting that Leong himself has received scam calls as well. It thanked the comedian for coming forward to make the video on his own accord to help stop more people from falling prey to scammers.
Leong plays both scammer and victim in the video, to educate the public on the modus operandi of such scammers, who often impersonate courier companies such as DHL as well as overseas officials, telling potential victims that parcels with illegal items had been shipped in their name.
Police said that since March, they have received more than 50 reports of such scammers, tricking their victims into sending more than S$4 million in total.
Impersonation scams, together with internet love scams account for the top 10 largest single cheating cases in the first four months of the year, with an impersonation scam claiming the highest amount lost by a victim in a single case this year - S$2.3 million.