SINGAPORE: A pop-up advertisement offering an iPhone 7 for just S$1 is bogus, the Singapore Police Force warned in an advisory on Wednesday (Nov 16).
Since October, at least 12 victims have been tricked into providing their personal and bank account details after they responded to the ad, which states “if you live in Singapore, you can get the iPhone 7 for just SGD 1.00/-”.
Those who clicked on the ad were taken to another website which showed a newspaper report on the offer and “testimonials” of people who received the phone, the police said. To register for the offer, they had to enter their personal information such as name, address, mobile phone number, and bank account details such as credit card number, Card Verification Value (CVV) and One-Time Password (OTP).
The victims lodged police reports after they realised unauthorised transactions in foreign currencies were made to their credit cards.
The police also advised members of the public to avoid such scams by adopting these preventive measures:
- Beware of online offers that are too good to be true;
- Exercise care when you are asked to disclose your personal information and bank account details over the Internet;
- Look for signs that you are using a legitimate or secure website. Legitimate websites are generally encrypted to protect your details and secure websites use https: rather than http: at the start of the Internet address, or display a closed padlock or unbroken key icon at the bottom right corner of your browser window;
- Install antivirus, anti-spyware/malware and firewall on your smartphone and computer, and keep them updated;
- Report any fraudulent charges detected in your credit card bills to your bank immediately.