AVOIDING BEING SCAMMED: THIS IS VERY GOOD ADVICE FROM THE SINGAPORE POLICE
Police reminded the public to be wary when they receive calls from strangers. Some tips from the police include:
- Ignore the calls. Scammers may use Caller ID spoofing technology to mask the actual phone number and display a different number. Calls that appear to be from a local number may not actually be made from Singapore. If you receive a suspicious call from a local number, hang up, wait five minutes, then call the number back to check the validity of the request.
- Ignore instruction to remit or transfer money. No government agency will inform you to make a payment through a telephone call, especially to a third party’s bank account.
- Refrain from giving out personal information and bank details, whether on the website or to callers over the phone. Personal information and bank details such as internet bank account usernames and passwords, OTP codes from tokens, are useful to criminals.
- Call a trusted friend or talk to a relative before you act. You may be overwhelmed by emotion and make errors in your judgment.
- If you have information related to such crime or if you are in doubt, please call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or dial 999 for urgent police assistance.
4 November 2017
Two Perak women fall prey to phone, internet scam syndicates; lose over RM20k
IPOH: A woman lost RM15,400 to a telephone scam syndicate whose members pose as representatives of finance companies and banks.
The victim, who only wants to be identified as “Li Heng,” 37, said she received a phone call in June from a man who claimed to represent a financial services company.
She said the man, who called himself “Ong,” informed her that she had used her credit card to buy a phone at a telco shop in Kuala Lumpur on March 21 this year.
“The man asked me to call Bank Negara. (He) told me if I did not do this, my name would be blacklisted.
“Worried about being blacklisted, I called the Bank Negara phone number given by the man, and spoke to another man named ‘Wong,’” she said at the Pusat Khidmat Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri in Bercham here on Friday.
Li Heng said “Wong” asked her to provide her name, identity card number and details of her bank accounts and other credit cards.
“As soon as the call ended, I told to my friend about it. She said that I had been deceived!
“So I decided to go to the bank to check my savings account, and it was then that I discovered that all the money was gone,” added Li Heng, who lodged a police report at the Bercham police station in June.
Meanwhile, another victim of fraud, who only wanted to be identified as “Mei Lin” said she was deceived by an “easy loan scheme” which was advertised on a Facebook page.
“I was tricked by the financial restructuring offer. (It was) created by a finance company which had a Facebook account in March.
“I was asked to register and later, I was contacted by an individual who asked me to pay a sum of money for an online loan application,” she said.
Mei Lin said she paid RM5,370 after she was informed that a cheque of her loan was ready.
However, when she tried to contact the person, she could not get through.
26 September 2017
CUT THEM OFF AT THE VERY BEGINNING!
Great day yesterday! Had fun.
Man called me on my hand phone.
“Is that Mr Thong…”
“Mr Thong, I’m calling from Aeon Finance. t’s about your credit card.”
Not having an Aeon credit card and having heard a former colleague being scammed, I replied, “Say that again?”
“Mr Thong, your credit card is…”
Me, Why don’t you find a pail of water, jump inside and drown yourself?”
He, “Uh, uh..”
Me, “Now get lost and don’t call me back.”
He got off the line.He got the message, see?
If he had called back, a colleague would have answered, “Ah, I’m Inspector Lee, and I’ve been waiting for you.”
21 January 2016
Police arrest online Casanova for nude pictures blackmail scam
A supposed Casanova and alleged accomplice have been arrested by Seremban police on suspicion of extorting cash, vehicles and valuables from women on pain of making nude pictures of the women public.
Seremban police chief Muhamad Zaki Harun said the suspects, in their early 20s, would sweet talk their victim on the BeeTalk social media application and persuade them to send compromising photographs.
“They would then blackmail the victims using the photographs,” he told reporters.
The first suspect, a hospital technician, was arrested in Kuala Lumpur on January 13, after four victims, aged between 20 and 30, filed police reports.
Zaki said this suspect had previous convictions for rape and extortion.
“The second suspect was arrested on January 16 at a hotel in Seremban,” he said, adding that he was picked up in a car believed to have been taken from a victim.
“We also seized mobile phones, ATM receipts and jewellery believed to have been taken from the victims,” he added.
A FOOL AND HIS MONEY ARE SOON PARTED.
He parted with his money even before he had seen the car or the seller!
20 November 2015
Received a call informing that your PC has been compromised? Beware of software phone scams: http://on.fb.me/1X1K4gN
CRIME ADVISORY: SOFTWARE PHONE SCAM
Police had received several reports of victims receiving calls from unknown persons claiming to be from the technical support sections of major software companies.
The callers would inform the victims that their computers have been compromised and used for illegal online activities. The victims would be asked to download and install one or more software from the Internet. The victims would also be asked to provide the software user account identification codes and passwords to the caller and in some instances, victims were instructed to enter some commands into their computers.
Some victims observed that their computers were remotely controlled after following the instructions of the callers. The callers would then convince the victims to buy additional software by making online payments or by providing their credit card details.
Members of public are advised to adopt the following crime prevention measures:
• If the caller raises your suspicion, ignore or hang up to be on the safe side. Do not follow the instructions of the callers to install any software for your computer or enter any commands;
• Do not make any payment or divulge your credit card and/or bank account details to the callers;
• If you had followed any of the caller’s instructions, immediately change your computer’s log in password and all other passwords associated with your online accounts (e.g. social media accounts and email accounts), especially your online banking and credit card passwords. Where possible, try changing the passwords from another computer other than the affected one; and
• Scan your computer with a commercial anti-virus / anti-malware software to find out if malware has been installed on your computer.
• Ensure you use only genuine software and that the software is updated automatically.
If you have any information related to this crime, do not hesitate to call the Police hotline at 1800-255-0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/CrimeStopper.
13 November 2015
Friday November 13, 2015 MYT 8:52:00 AM
Police warn of international phone call scam
KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Aman has warned the public against returning “missed” calls from two international numbers.
Inspector-General of Police Secretariat (Corporate Communications Head) Asst Comm Datin Asmawati Ahmad said the numbers – +265882615012 and +265882615017 – have been identified to have originated in Malawi and are classified as “Harassment Call Terror” and scam calls by international websites.
“We discovered these numbers based on a WhatsApp message.
“Whoever returns these missed calls will incur high call chargers,” she said in a recent statement, further urging anyone receiving the calls not to return them.
12 November 2015
IPOH GUY HAD SEX VIDEO CHAT WITH ‘MAYUMI CHUA’ AND NOW ‘SHE’ WANTS RM4,000!
Thursday November 12, 2015 MYT 7:00:58 AM
Man blackmailed after sex video chat
Caught on camera: Loh (right) with Perak MCA Public Service and Complaints Bureau committee member David Wong (left) and Ng advising youth to be wary when befriending strangers on social media during the press conference in Ipoh.
IPOH: It was a relationship so whirlwind that he was asked to engage in a sex video chat within an hour after meeting on Facebook.
The 28-year-old health product salesman, who only wished to be known as Ng, said he met someone named “Mayumi Chua” on the social media site on Monday.
“She just popped up on my Facebook chat and wanted to be friends. She claimed to be an Indonesian working in Europe.
“I’m a salesman, I am used to adding new ‘friends’ so I could sell my products to them,” he told a press conference organised by Perak MCA Public Service and Complaints Bureau chief Jimmy Loh yesterday.
Ng said he chatted with Mayumi Chua for about 40 minutes, adding the woman asked for his Skype account so that they could do a video chat.
About 20 seconds into the video chat, the woman began to strip and play with herself.
“I lost consciousness soon after and woke up the next day to find that she had sent me a video of me naked and performing some lewd acts that I have no recollection of,” he claimed.
“She wanted RM4,000 from me and only gave me 30 minutes to make the transaction but I don’t have that kind of money,” he added.
Ng said he saw the video being posted on his Facebook page later that afternoon.
“She uploaded four video clips and also shared them on my friends’ Facebook page,” he said.
“Honestly, I’m not entirely sure if the girl in the photo is even the one I saw in the video chat. Her face was blurred and she was only showing her body,” he added.
25 October 2015
Malay Mail Online
Phone scam crooks resurface
PETALING JAYA, Oct 25 — After a one-year hiatus, fraudsters impersonating high ranking police officers to cheat unsuspecting elderly women in a phone scam has struck again.
This time, a housewife was conned of RM50,000.
Police are investigating if the fraudsters in the latest case in Sentul were from the same syndicate that duped more then 20 women in Selangor last year using the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in their “vishing” scam.
With VoIP, scammers can call a person’s landline or mobile phone with cloned phone numbers.
Sentul police chief ACP R. Munusamy said in the Oct 15 incident, the victim — a 51-year-old woman — got a call from someone who asked to speak to her younger brother.
She then told the caller they no longer live together.
“Upon hearing this, the perpetrators immediately passed the call to a certain ‘Datuk’, allegedly a police officer.
“This Datuk then told the victim her brother was caught for drug possession, but the case had not gone to court yet. She was told to hand over the money to settle the case, or risk her brother serving a 30-year jail sentence,” he said.
She then withdrew the cash from a bank in Jinjang and waited for further instructions.
“She was told to leave the money in a bag at a small Buddhist altar along Jalan Jinjang Utama, and then to wait at a nearby bank,” said Munusamy.
The victim followed the instructions and then notified the suspects of the drop-off.
“After several minutes, the victim got a call from the suspects claiming the money was not there.” The victim then returned to the location only to find the bag was gone. Calls to the suspects were unsuccessful.
She finally decided to call her brother to check on his situation, who told her he was at his home in Taman Connaught, Cheras, all along.
“The victim’s brother told her he was never caught by the police,” he said.
Stupidity knows no age. The very old, the in-betweens and now teenagers..
Youth blackmailed by girl over nude video
Last updated on 29 September 2015 – 11:47am
KUALA LUMPUR: A young boy is having sleepless nights after his act of stripping naked to an online acquaintance resulted in him being blackmailed.
To make matters worse for the youth, the whole unfortunate incident happened within a few hours after meeting the girl through social media.
The victim, a 17-year-old student, who wished to be known as Lim, told reporters that he knew his online acquaintance, Camille Yesha Yue through Facebook last Monday when she sent him a friend request.
“After chatting for awhile through Facebook, she then suggested that we switch to Skype instead as it will be much better and easier there because it allowed us to see each other.
“Suspecting nothing wrong, I agreed and moments after chatting with her through Skype, she asked if I wanted to do something more fun and entertaining to which I asked her what and she replied that both of us strip for each other,” Lim told reporters during a press conference at the MCA Public Service and Complaint Department today.
Not knowing that Camille was actually recording his act, Lim eventually stripped naked after Camille showed him her body.
Moments later, Lim regretted over his stupid act when he was asked to pay RM1,500 if he did not wish for his nude video to go viral.
Chong advised Lim not to make any payment or he will end up servicing a timeless instalment as Camille might continue to ask him for money to cover his secret.
This a scam mail; his email has been hacked.
IF YOU GET A SIMILAR LETTER, DELETE IT!
– Forwarded message ———-
From: Md Hu**in T***y <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 8 March 2015 at 21:15
Subject: Unfortunate Predicament…..DH
How are you doing. I hope all is fine with you and family. Sorry to bother you, but I had a sudden trip out of the country to South Cyprus to see my ill sister, she’s suffering from a Kidney disease and must undergo Kidney transplant to save her life. I’m very sorry for involving you in my present issue but I was left with no choice but to contact you. Most painful thing is that I lost my phone while rushing, I can only contact now through email. I never expected things to be the way they are right now.
She’s going through a lot of pain at the moment and she needs all the support she can get to keep her going. The doctors have advised that it is necessary that the transplant is carried out soon to avoid any complications. I hope you understand my plight and pardon me.
The surgery is cheap and affordable here. I traveled with little money due to the short time I had to prepare for this trip and never expected things to be the way it is right now. I need a loan of 1800Euros from you to pay the balance before the commencement of the surgical operation and will refund you at my return.
I will appreciate whatever you can help me with. Kindly let me know if you can be of help so I can send you my western union details since I cannot operate my bank account from here…I promise to pay back as soon as I return home.
Imagine the stupidity of these scammers! They chose the mother of Deputy Finance Minister Chua Tee Yong as their victim.
Thursday February 26, 2015 MYT 5:59:37 PM
“Arrested for drugs,” Chua Tee Yong lodges police report
PUTRAJAYA: Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong lodged a police report over a call that his mother received about him being arrested for drug possession.
Chua said an “Insp Siful” called his 58-year-old mother at about 10.40am on Thursday saying he was being detained at the Pudu police station lock up after drugs were found in his car.
“Caller ID showed that he was calling from a number that once belonged to me but was deactivated awhile ago.
“My mother was surprised. But she knew it couldn’t be true because she knows I don’t do drugs and that I was in a meetng that time,” Chua, who is Labis MP, told reporters after lodging the report here.