Phishing Scam cases in the first five months of 2020 surged from nine in the same period last year to 266

Translate from Singapore education website on 2020-06-23 15:14

In the first five months of this year, there has been a surge in phishing scams, from 9 in the same period last year to 266 this year. Scammers often pretend to be banks, government agencies or companies that the victims are familiar with, and post fake emails. Or text messages to trick victims to click, and direct them to the web page to submit credit card information and one-time passwords to conduct transactions.

According to a police statement, the police have received more than 221 notifications of phishing case cases since January this year. The actual number of cases was 266, increase of nearly 30 times over the same period last year. Scammers often pretend to be companies and government agencies trusted by the victims, including banks, National Trades Union, Singapore Post, Starhub, NetFlix, Paypal, and send emails or text messages to the victims, asking them to click on the link.
The content of these emails and text messages usually includes false offers, requirements to pay mailing fees, requiring victims to verify account details, or providing personal information to obtain replacements or discounts. When the victim clicks on the link in the email, he will be taken to another website and asked to fill in personal credit card information and one-time password. The scammer then uses this information to conduct pre-authorized transactions.

Now, Singapore is taking steps to gradually unlock from circuit breaker. The police received at least two reports this month, alleging that the scammers sent emails to the victimized companies, claim to be employees of local universities or government agencies such as the Ministry of Health, required the companies to provide electronic technology products and the quotation of medical equipment also provides a purchase order, so that the victim will mistakenly believe that the order is true and send the goods to the address indicated on the order.

The number of scam cases involving fake officials in Singapore is increasing year by year
Similar modus operandi is that criminals pretend to be Chinese officials to defraud Chinese students and permanent residents in Singapore.
From January to November 2019, there have been 401 fraud cases involving fake Chinese officials in Singapore, surpassing the 188 cases in 2017. The amount of scam also increased from S$12.8 million in 2017 to S$18.8 million in 2019. The caller claims to be a staff member of the embassy and consulate and informs that there is a domestic case that needs to be processed or that his passport needs to be extended. The phone number is also displayed as the embassy or consulate phone number.
Social media counterfeiting scams rose from 71 in 2017 to 672 from January 2019 to November 2019, a nearly 10 times increase, and the amount scam increased from S$168,000 in 2017 to S$7.2 million.

Singapore government takes measures against scam
Of course, the Singapore government has always been concerned about such incidents and has actively taken various measures.

Carry out public agency media promotion
The new anti-scam hotline and TV commercials launched by Singapore’s National Crime Prevention Measures have allowed the public to further understand and be wary of various scams, and attract the masses through familiar local artists. When encountering scams, remember “Don’t be afraid, don’t believe it.” The principle of anti-scam, don’t give, this way of publicity will be closer to the popular support, and the elderly can effectively transmit anti-scam information.
In fact, the national crime prevention measures and the police have jointly launched an anti-scam public education campaign two years ago. It is necessary to strengthen people’s awareness of preventing fraud and scams. A total of seven publicity advertisements have been launched and a new website has been established to share through anonymous prosecution. The story is to educate the public how to avoid being fooled and falling into a scam.
The Singapore police listed their deception methods and prevention methods, including don’t put yourself at a disadvantage, don’t point out your personal information to others, but still can’t raise the vigilance of some people, and some are because of petty and cheap. Psychology, or excessive trust in people who have never met or even existed in the virtual world, fail to carefully determine the information and remain calm, and get caught up in a moment of confusion.
If the public want to know more details about scam, they can log on to the ScamAlert website or call the scam prevention hotline 1800-722-6688. If there are any clues of other fraudulent scams, the public should also call the police hotline 1800-255-0000 or report to the police Iwitness website. If emergency support is needed, they should call 999 to report to the police.

Cooperate with other countries to combat cross-border fraud
In order to combat the rapid increase in transnational cybercrimes and the endless emergence of crimes, the law on the abuse of computer and cyber security has been gradually revised. At the same time, it is necessary to comply with the exchange of law enforcement in order to effectively combat cybercrimes. Therefore, terrorism has begun to cooperate with other countries in the region. Provide each other with information on cross-border withdrawals of crimes committed in different places. Although it is not easy to hunt down cyber criminals in different places, this step must be taken to successfully combat cross-border crimes and strengthen police cooperation among countries.
Since its establishment in 2017, the Singapore Transnational Commercial Crime Task Force has successfully cracked at least 440 cross-border fraud cases and corrected more than 100 suspects within the region. Savings.
To prevent internet scam and scams from recurring, in addition to continuous advocacy to help unmask the scammers, the public must take responsibility for their rights. When encountering suspicious online information, don’t panic and don’t trust others easily. If you don’t, don’t just agree to a request from someone you’ve never met before.

Daily precautions for citizens to prevent fraud
People also need to pay attention to the following three points in their daily lives to completely correct the chance of being deceived.

Always pay attention to protecting personal information
Do not register on the website at will, fill in your name, mobile phone number, bank card number and other private information carefully. Raise security awareness and do not disclose personal information such as your name, address, family situation, bank account, etc. to strangers.

Handle calmly
When answering calls from strangers, such as “traffic accidents”, “kidnapping”, “involved in judicial cases” and other information, be calm and must verify through other channels before handling. Even if the Chinese Embassy in Singapore informs the emergency by phone in an emergency, it will not talk about bank accounts, transfers and other matters.

Follow the news
There are some scam cases, security reminders and knowledge of anti-scam techniques will be issued through the official website, Twitter, Facebook, Weibo, WeChat and other channels. Pay more attention to the news and you will avoid being deceived!

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