Internet Love Scam

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Crime rate down in 2016, but online scams remain a concern

By Lee Li Ying, Channel NewsAsia

Posted 10 Feb 2017 12:44

Updated 10 Feb 2017 22:49

SINGAPORE: The overall crime rate in Singapore for 2016 fell by 2.6 per cent compared to the previous year, said the Singapore Police Force (SPF) in its annual crime report on Friday (Feb 10).

This was largely due to a decrease in four of the six crime classes – violent/serious property, housebreaking, theft and commercial crimes, SPF added.

Notably, crimes such as motor vehicle-related thefts, robbery and housebreaking registered a 30-year low. There were 1,107 cases of motor vehicle-related thefts in 2016, compared to 1,533 cases in 2015, a drop of 27.8 per cent. For robbery, there were 93 cases in 2016, a 24.4 per cent drop compared to 123 cases in 2015.

“The overall crime rate per 100,000 populations similarly decreased from 611 in 2015 to 588 cases in 2016. This is the lowest in the last three years and compares favorably with other major cities. Singapore remains one of the safest countries in the world today,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Investigations and Intelligence) Tan Chye Hee.


While commercial crimes decreased slightly by 0.6 per cent from 8,426 cases in 2015 to 8,379 cases in 2016, scams involving e-commerce, Internet love scams and impersonation of China officials remain a concern for the police.

If you have been befriended online by an attractive person – usually foreign – who then tells a tale of falling into trouble or on hard times, this is probably an Internet love scam. The scammer persists with their story to gain their victim’s adoration and trust, and then asks for money as proof of love. Once the money is transferred, the scammer disappears.

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Be careful when befriending strangers online. Know the tell-tale signs of a fake dating profile: poor grammar that doesn’t gel with their level of education, or using a fake photo sourced from the Internet is just a couple of warning signs

Scammers prey on emotions to lull victims into believing their friendship is genuine; be wary of people who shower you with loving words and profess strong feelings for you even before you have even met

Do not respond hastily to any requests of money, even if they sound desperate or troubled


Do not send money to people you do not know well, especially if you have not met in person

Be in control of your emotions and meet all requests for money with a cool head, knowing that it could be a scam

Do not reveal too much about yourself, particularly in the form of photos or videos, to prevent you from being blackmailed later on

Contact the Police immediately if you receive any message or call from someone claiming to be in trouble overseas and urgently needs you to send money

Inform the Police are anyone tries to extort money from you

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