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Woman arrested for online scam involving USS tickets, staycation deals

SINGAPORE: A 20-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly cheating victims who wanted to buy tickets to Universal Studios Singapore (USS) and staycation packages at Hard Rock Hotel Sentosa. These were sold on online marketplace Carousell at a discounted rate, said the police in a news release on Monday (Jul 17). The police received reports between last Thursday and Sunday from victims who said they met with the suspect to make payment. The suspect promised that the tickets and packages would be delivered the next day but the victims never received them,Read More

52-year-old Taiwanese man charged with receiving $150,000 in stolen cash

SINGAPORE – A Taiwanese man, suspected of involvement in scams where a police officer was impersonated, was charged in court on Saturday (July 8). Huang Ying-Chun, 52, stands accused of dishonestly receiving stolen property. According to court documents, he was said to have received $150,000 at about 6pm on Wednesday, in Lorong 40 Geylang. Huang, who wore a black T-shirt when he appeared in court, had a solemn expression as the charge was read to him. He is “believed to be involved in a series of scam cases”, said theRead More

90 suspected scammers, money mules investigated over cases involving over S$1.1 million

SINGAPORE: A total of 90 people are being investigated for their suspected role in 286 cases of scams involving more that S$1.1 million, police said in a news release on Saturday . The 50 men and 40 women, aged between 16 and 65, were picked up in a three-day islandwide operation from Monday to Wednesday. The police did not specify the type of scams they were involved in, but said that the suspects are being investigated for cheating and money laundering. Those convicted of cheating may face up to 10Read More

Mastermind behind largest fake casino chip scam jailed

His ruse caused a loss of $1.3m for Marina Bay Sands casino The mastermind behind Singapore’s largest counterfeit casino chip scam had breezed through Marina Bay Sands (MBS) with $1,000 chips that looked so real, the Casino Regulatory Authority said they were of the “best quality” that it had examined so far. Toh Hock Thiam’s ruse was realised only a week later, when an eagle-eyed cashier noticed a slight discolouration in one of the 1,291 counterfeit chips. By then, MBS had suffered a loss of $1.291 million. Yesterday, Toh, nowRead More

More than 20 victims fell for ‘Microsoft’ tech support scam

SINGAPORE – Since January, the police have received more than 20 reports of unauthorised charges to people’s credit cards as a result of online scams. Victims provided their credit or debit card information to buy software for fake virus infection on their computers, the police revealed in a statement to the media on Sunday (June 4). First, users would see a pop-up message on their computer screens suggesting that their computers had been infected with a virus, or their passwords and information might have been leaked. They were then givenRead More

Man almost pulls off THB2 million ATM heist following YouTube video

Man almost pulls off THB2 million ATM heist following YouTube video The man who was arrested on Wednesday for stealing over THB2 million cash from an ATM in Phetchaburi province told police that he learned how to pull off the heist from a YouTube video. Yesterday police took Channarong Wonghongtong, 46, to the ATM of Siam Commercial Bank near SR Spinning Factory to re-enact how he cut open the machine with a gas cutter and stole the money on May 20. In a huge amount of debt, Channarong and hisRead More

AirAsia warns of free ticket scam

KUALA LUMPUR: Low-cost carrier AirAsia on Wednesday (May 31) issued a second warning about a social media post claiming to offer free tickets through an online survey. The scam requires participants to answer several questions to redeem vouchers, the low-cost carrier said in a statement. “There is also another scam circulating on Facebook, offering 268 free tickets in conjunction with AirAsia’s 28th anniversary. Both scams used the AirAsia brand without authorisation and aim to lure the public to participate in it,” it said. The airline said it would not be heldRead More

Netizen alerts public to credit card phishing scam happening in Singapore

Facebook user Tsang Keng Swee shared about a new type of scam which may have started in Singapore. He said that about 2 weeks ago, he had delivery of wine from an unknown sender and that all he had to do to verify his age to the courier to receive an alcoholic beverage was to swipe his credit card. But the scammers cloned his credit card and illegally withdrew money from his account. The Facebook user has since made a police report. His post has gone viral with about 1,400 shares.Read More

Virtual Office Companies Clamp Down on Fraud

Virtual offices have been blamed for unwittingly allowing fraudulent companies to operate under their business address services. But strict security measures and heightened awareness means the tide may be turning. Virtual office and business address services have long offered support for small and growing businesses. But unfortunately, they have also been exploited by fraudulent investment companies who use their business addresses as a front to cover up illegal activity. The article was first reported in November of 2015. In the UK earlier this year, Operation Broadway – a multi-agency taskforceRead More

$2.4m lost to binary option scams

More than 40 people in Singapore have lost about US$1.7 million (S$2.4 million) after being lured to take part in an unregulated, sometimes fraudulent and mainly offshore activity known as binary option trading. One victim lost a staggering US$693,000 after engaging in this highly risky trading, which is banned in some jurisdictions. Singapore police are investigating a string of complaints and disclosed the eye-popping losses yesterday, in response to queries from The Straits Times. Binary options trading involves investors predicting if the price of an underlying instrument – shares orRead More

2 arrested for impersonating police officers

A still frame from a video posted on the Facebook page shows men claiming to be police officers forcefully canvassing for donations at Punggol MRT station. The police have arrested two youths for their suspected involvement in several cases of impersonating a public servant. In a press release yesterday, they said they had received a report of a group of young men claiming to be police officers and engaging in aggressive tactics while seeking donations from the public last Thursday. After further investigations, officers from the Ang Mo KioRead More

Provisional liquidator appointed to Macro Group companies

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) announced it has applied to the Federal Court of Australia for the appointment of a provisional liquidator to six companies within the Macro Group, all of which have Desiree Veronica Macpherson as a director. These are: Macro Realty Developments Pty Ltd; Macro Realty Developments AFSL Pty Ltd; Macro All State Investments and Securities Ltd; Pilbara Property Developments Pty Ltd; Macro Realty Pty Ltd, and 511 GTN Pty Ltd (under external administration since 14 April 2016). In particular, ASIC: alleges that the companies haveRead More

Singapore, Malaysia police team up to cripple cross-border Internet love scam syndicates involved in 108 cases

SINGAPORE – A joint operation conducted in several Malaysian states last week yielded 27 arrested suspects believed to be involved in cross-border Internet love scam syndicates. The operation, which took place from Feb 6 to 8, was a joint effort between the Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID), Royal Malaysia Police, Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD). Among those arrested were 13 Nigerian nationals believed to have had a hand in 108 such love scams reported by victims in both Singapore and Malaysia. The victims’ total lossesRead More

Top Scams in Thailand

If you read through all the different Thailand forums on the internet you have so many foreigners complaining about their bad experiences being ripped off in Thailand. It’s always about Thai people that tell you a lie in order to get some money out of you without providing the promised service, sometimes not giving anything in return at all. This is what is called a scam and not just tourists in Thailand encounter them but also expats actually living here that just haven’t got the experience to know when toRead More

Victims cheated of at least $14,600 in new Facebook scam

SINGAPORE – A new scam has surfaced on Facebook, with victims being cheated out of at least $14,600 in seven cases between September and November, the police said in an advisory on Friday (Dec 2). The scam involves fake Facebook “friends” who approach users of the social media platform saying they saw the victims’ names included in lists of contest winners on various Facebook pages. The victims in the seven cases, who are between 44 and 67 years old, visited the pages and were asked to provide personal details. TheRead More

Speak Asia promoter held for Rs 2,200 crore scam

NEW DELHI: Speak Asia promoter Ram Sumiran Pal, one of the three masterminds behind a Rs 2,200 crore online marketing fraud, was arrested by the Delhi crime branch on Tuesday. Pal, 37, and his associates duped at least 24 lakh investors in the scam extending to Singapore, Italy and Brazil among others. The crime branch received an input that Pal, who was hiding in Dehradun, would visit Connaught Place on Monday. A trap was laid and he was arrested. “Pal is the first senior office bearer of Speak Asia toRead More

Police in India detain 750 over US call centre scam

Police in the western Indian city of Thane have arrested more than 750 people suspected of defrauding US citizens from a fake call centre. Officers say the suspects obtained lists of US tax defaulters and used threats to obtain their bank details. The scam is said to have netted more than $150,000 (£118,000) a day, making it one of the biggest frauds in India’s history. Thane police officials said they were contacting the FBI to ask for help. Some 70 of those detained were formally arrested, police said, with theRead More

Remittance company foils second scam in a week

SINGAPORE: Hanshan Money Express Remittance, which was commended in a police ceremony in July for helping to foil a S$180,000 scam, has thwarted yet another attempt to fool a victim into sending money to swindlers. In a news release on Thursday (Sep 7), police said a staff from the remittance company, Ms Zhang Lei, detected a suspected case of cheating at about 1pm on Wednesday. It was then discovered that a 30-year-old woman had been scammed into remitting S$1,900 into an overseas account. This is the second scam the company hasRead More

Singapore Money scam foiled by moneychanger

SINGAPORE: Police have commended staff from a moneychanger and a remittance company for their “timely interventions” in foiling a scam attempt involving S$25,000. In a news release on Friday (Jul 8), police said Mr Malik Sameer, who works at Samlit Moneychanger, alerted them to a suspected case of cheating at about 3.05pm on Thursday. Officers from Central Division responded to the case and ascertained that the victim had been scammed into remitting S$25,000 to an overseas account. Investigations revealed that last Saturday, the 59-year-old victim had received a phone callRead More

Chonburi Job Scam Thailand

At least 120 alleged victims of Thailand Scam for Jobs converged on the Laemchabang Police Station today to file fraud complaints against a man who said he was a soldier and could get them interviews for government jobs. CHONBURI — More than 100 people in Chonburi province went to the police today to complain they paid application fees for government jobs that never existed. At least 120 victims filed fraud charges en masse at the Laemchabang Police Station this morning, alleging that one year ago a soldier named Wanchai advertisedRead More