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PostSubject: Beware of these phone scams   Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:32 pm

Beware of these phone scams
February 01, 2009


Lottery scam

HELLO? Thirty-three people have been arrested since August 2007 for phone scams. --PICTURES: ST, REUTERS

Victims are persuaded to make advance payments in order to claim a 'prize'.

Culprits began using SMS last year to inform victims that they have won a lucky draw.

In some cases, culprits claim that the victims have won luxury cars and ask them to transfer money for administrative fees.

Last year, 305 people fell victim and lost $5.2million, most of which was sent via remittance houses to various overseas recipients.

Kidnap hoax

It first surfaced in August 2007 and the caller would claim that one of the victim's family members had been kidnapped.

He would then demand a ransom and ask the victim to transfer the money through a bank or remittance house.

The police said the crooks have since varied their methods.

Now they ask the victims to personally hand over the money at a pre-arranged location, usually near an MRT station or a park.

There were 30 such cases in which 12 people were cheated of $172,000.

In all, 76 people lost $800,000 to the scam last year.

Impersonation scam

The conmen would falsely claim to be a court or police representative and accuse the victim of being involved in criminal offences.

They would then ask for money transfers to close the investigations into the victims' 'offences'.

In recent cases, culprits were known to leverage on technology to replicate numbers like '999' on victims' caller IDs.

Last year alone, there were 53 such cases, where victims were cheated of about $1.6 million.

The police said that the majority of these conmen operated from overseas.

Source: http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/news/story/0,4136,191398,00.html?
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