Falling into the trap of fraud by helping the “Internet Security Bureau” to catch hackers

Translate from Lianhe Wanbao Dated / 2020年6月4日 3:07 PM

Help to set the trap but fall into trap, the female boss innocently lost more than S$90,000! A scammer posing as an official of the Singapore Cyber Security Bureau asked the female boss to set up a trap to catch the hacker, asked the female boss to make six bank transfers of about S$170,000 in three days to get the hacker hooked. Unexpectedly, two days later, the female boss received a call from the anti-fraud center then realize that she was fooled. The bank successfully helped her to retrieve S$76,000, but still lost more than S$90,000.
Barbara (61 years old, owner of a corporate consulting company), who has worked locally for 20 years, received a call from a self-proclaimed employee of Singtel on April 15 to inform her that her Internet address (IP) was used by hackers to transfer funds. He said that someone from the Cyber Security Bureau would contact her.
Barbara said in an interview this morning: “I have been a customer of Singtel for 20 years, so when I received the call, I had no doubt. Later, a man who claimed to be a member of the Cyber Security Bureau called me and asked me to work with them to set up I caught the trap, and I agreed.”
The person first asked her to install the computer program TeamViewer, which allowed the scammer to control her computer remotely, and then the scammer asked her to transfer money online to attract hackers. Barbara made six transfers in three days, totaling about S$170,000. Sometimes she made the transfer in person, and sometimes the fraudster did it herself. She only provided information and one-time password.
She said: “Two days later, I received a call from the Anti-Fraud Center, said inform by the bank staff that there is an abnormal transfer transaction in my account, and I was shocked to be cheated.”
Barbara made transfers through two banks. The bank staff successfully blocked four transfers and retrieved about S$76,000. The other two transfer transactions have been posted, including the largest transfer, which is S$91,000 transferred to the Bank of China account in Hong Kong, and another transfer that cannot be recovered is about S$3,000.
According to police data, providing technical assistance posing as a local telecommunications service provider or government agency personnel is a common trick for scammers. In the first quarter of this year, the police received at least 125 related reports involving up to S$4.5 million.

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