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Police warn of new scam circulating on messaging platforms

Police warn of new scam circulating on messaging platforms

Screengrabs of an unsolicited scam text message with an image of a woman attempting to lure victims to communicate further via a specified phone number. (Photo: Singapore Police Force)

SINGAPORE: A new scam is circulating on messaging platforms, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) warned on Friday (Mar 26).

In the new trend, scammers would send an image of a woman to recipients via unsolicited text messages.

The sender would claim to have changed her mobile phone number, and express concern over the well-being of the recipient amidst the current COVID-19 situation.

The message would also instruct the recipient to reply to a different WhatsApp number to continue the conversation.

In images provided by the SPF, the sender's number had a "+62" prefix, while the WhatsApp number that recipients were asked to reply to had a "+852" prefix.

READ: Singapore's crime rate up in 2020 amid rise in scam cases

The police said they believed the scammers intended to phish for information or request a transfer of funds.

Members of the public are advised to block the senders of such unsolicited text messages and report their phone numbers to messaging platforms through the in-app reporting channel.

The police also advised members of the public to adopt the following precautionary measures:

  • Ignore the message and do not engage with the scammers
  • Exercise caution when befriending strangers online
  • Never send money to people whom you do not know or have not met in person before
  • Do not click on suspicious URL links provided. When in doubt, always verify the authenticity of the information with the official website or alternative sources
  • Never share your bank account login credentials with anyone. Your personal bank account is for your own usage and you are responsible for all transactions made through your bank account.

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Members of the public with information related to such crimes, or those who are unsure if a message is a scam, can contact the police hotline at 1800-255-0000 or submit it online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.

For more information on scams, members of the public can visit www.scamalert.sg or call the Anti-Scam Hotline at 1800-722-6688.

Source: CNA/ic

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