At least S$574,000 lost due to phishing scams involving parcel delivery
Singapore. On 11 June, the Singapore Police Force reported that at least 415 people were targeted by phishing scams involving the delivery of parcels which resulted in a loss of about S$574,000 since January.
The victims received text messages or emails informing them of an incoming parcel, containing a link to view the information about the delivery.
Once victims clicked the link, they were redirected to a fraudulent site that asked for their debit or credit card information, as well as OTP. Only after the fraudulent transaction did the victims realise that they had been scammed.
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According to the police, the public should be wary of receiving these kinds of messages. Some of the recommended precautions you can take include:
- Not clicking on links provided in unsolicited messages or emails
- Always verify the authenticity of the information
- Never disclose personal details and OTPs
- Reporting fraudulent transactions to banks immediately
Call the Anti-Scam Hotline at 1800-722-6688 or visit www.scamalert.sg for more information on scams. You can also join the “Spot the Signs. If you want to receive up-to-date messages, join the Stop the Crimes” campaign at www.scamalert.sg/fight.
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