CRIME PREVENTION blog

CITIZENS ON PATROL COMMUNITY
SINGAPORE 


2020 OCTOBER




CRIME PREVENTION AND AWARENESS ADVISORIES

17> OCTOBER 25, 2020

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<Phishing Scam | Scam Alert Advisory>
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A new variant of phishing scam involving fake advertisement campaigns and lucky draws from banks have emerged.
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Stay vigilant and do not anyhow click on suspicious links - no matter how attractive the lucky draw prizes may be.
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For scam advices, contact National Crime Prevention Council:
Visit: www.scamalert.sg
Email: enquiries@ncpc.org.sg
Anti-Scam Hotline: 1800.722.6688
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Anyone with information on such scams may call the Police hotline at 1800.255.0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.
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Read press release from SPF at:
https://www.police.gov.sg/…/20201019_police_advisory_phishi…
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16> OCTOBER 25, 2020

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<Crime Prevention Advisory | Bicycle Theft at Public Places>
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Low crime does not mean no crime. Never take it for granted and leave your bicycle unsecured and unattended. Even if you will only be away for awhile. If it is precious to you, never let someone take it away from you.
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Prevention tips to avoid being a victim of bicycle theft at:
https://www.copcommunitysg.com/bicycle-theft-crime-preventi…
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15> OCTOBER 25, 2020

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<Crime Prevention Advisory | Theft at Public Entertainment Outlet>
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Low crime does not mean no crime. Never take it for granted and leave your personal belongings unsecured and unattended. Always be attentive to your surroundings.
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Read prevention tips at:
https://www.copcommunitysg.com/dishonest-misappropriation-o…
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14> OCTOBER 24, 2020

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<#ScamAwareness Video | MHA>
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Learn more on how to
#SpotTheSignsStopTheCrimes at:
https://www.copcommunitysg.com/scam-alert-prevention-tips.h…
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#SpotTheSignsStopTheCrimes on:
- Loan Scams: https://www.copcommunitysg.com/loan-scams.html
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- Impersonation Scams:
https://www.copcommunitysg.com/impersonation-scams.html
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- E-commerce Scams:
https://www.copcommunitysg.com/e-commerce-scams.html
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13> OCTOBER 22, 2020

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12> OCTOBER 21 , 2020

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<THANK YOU - To ALL our awesome C.O.P. Fans & Followers>
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We are thrilled and excited - you guys rock and keep us going! Thank you for staying safe for yourself and helping to watch Our Community's back.
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Stay safe, happy and healthy.
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11> OCTOBER 20, 2020

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<Educational Post - Basic Lifesaving Tips>

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Some basic lifesaving skills that is good to know and learn. While it is difficult to predict when medical emergency or crisis situations can arise, knowing how to respond to them safely and effectively can be critical in saving someone’s life: https://www.copcommunitysg.com/lifesaving-skills.html



10> October 20, 2020

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<FEATURE: Real Internet Love Scam Stories from scamalert.sg>
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REMINDER:
- Always be wary when befriending strangers online and especially over dating apps
- Never fall for strangers sweet words too easily
- Never give away your mobile number too quickly
- Never give away your home address
- Never give away your money
- Never give away your personal and financial details
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- Be suspicious when strangers:
* Boast about their "success" and "status" stories
* Are seemingly too kind or generous towards you
* Start confessing their love too soon
* Start telling sympathy stories
* Start telling problems they are facing - that require your help that involves money
* Start making excuses or show a change towards negative behaviour (& manipulative) when you demand proof / evidence
* Persuade you to take up investments
(Note from COP Community Admin: We are suspecting potential social engineering attacks, i.e. using scam/ fraudulent/ fake investment platforms that are NOT licensed/ registered/ regulated to 'steal' money from victims)
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Share this post, so that others will not be a victim of internet love scams.
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Story 1:
I LOST OVER $30K TO INTERNET LOVE SCAM
Anonymous | 16 Oct 2020

Internet Love Scam
It started with him liking me on coffee meets bagel in mid may and he asked to move to whatspp the next day. he claimed to be an only child, widower, canadian born with s'porean parents, now a PR. He stays at Bishan, works in oil & gas and drives a mercedes c400.

We conversed and text as much as four times daily throughout the 4 month experience. he serenaded to me and even sent me song lists, music and video links. I requested for video chat but he claimed his phone screen was broken. i insisted but all i saw was a black screen which he probably covered up the camera although he could see me.

He claimed to have flown to turkey in early June after passing a covid19 test. soon after he had a lot of problems from a fire causing injuries to workers who required hospitalisation, machines were damaged and he had malaria. due to being offshore, he claimed difficulty transferring funds from his offshore bank account at the oil rig so he provided me access to his account. after helping him with 2 transactions, his account was frozen and he started asking for money including money to seek treatment!

I transferred usd33,000 over 4 transactions to a foreign account and 2 local accounts over that period. the final straw was when he requested for help to pay resident tax to his bank, i found out he wasn't at the quarantine hotel where he claimed to be and the bank contact details he provided were fake. i sought legal advice and reported to the police.

I subsequently found that his phone line was perpetually on airplane mode. the bank website was a fake and the photos of his profile were taken from an instagram account of an american asian.

I felt emotionally betrayed by a very skilful and experienced scammer and it was a bitter lesson.

Scam Details: John Chu, Contact: 6591337964

Source: https://scamalert.sg/stories-details/Story-16Oct2020162912PM

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Story 2:
ONLINE FRIEND ASKED FOR FINANCIAL AID TO HELP HIM TIDE OVER HIS PROBLEM
Anonymous | 28 Sep 2020
Internet Love Scam
I connected with this guy who goes by the name ‘Keat chang’ on the cmb app. WitHin an hour of chatting, he asked that we moved our chat to whatsapp and also that we both exit the dating app. He claimed that he spoke to two other ladies before on the app but since theY both have found ‘the one’, they have exited the app. He said he’s a singaporean who just Returned from uk to Sg three years ago. Lived and studied in uk fOr most of his life. He has a mum in sG and only child. Also cLAimS that his ex-GF chEated on him with his best frIend.

Red flags that this person is a scammer:-
- Professed his undying love wIthin days
-- texting regularly every day with frequent updates
- left for a work trip within two days of chatting
- claimed to be doing his own oil and gas biZ and this is his first project in uzbekistAn
- asked for personal details regarding job and family

- The final straw: Asked for a a favour as his machine that he bought broke down and he needed cash to help. Needed to transfer money from his online account to the supplier (The catch: he’s on an oil rig which would limit access to his online account and therefore need needed you to help do the transfer first).
- Pleaded for your help

Do this Instead:
- just Say no
- Block him immediately
- flag Him on the dating app

I learnt a precious lesson that took all of three weeks...trust your instincts. True love doesn't require money!

Scam Details: Keat Chang

Source: https://scamalert.sg/stories-details/Story-28Sep2020202416PM

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Story 3:
ONLINE FRIEND WHO "SHOWERED ME WITH LOVE" TURNED OUT TO BE A SCAMMER
Anonymous | 22 Sep 2020

Internet Love Scam
I accepted a follow request on Instagram. The account username is 1882_jo. His name is alex kim jong-ho. He started chatting with me on 21 june. He said that he is a 29-year-old korean working in london as a subsea inspector with bv oil company. After that, he was busy and seldom on instagram, so he requested to shift to whatsapp to chat on 6 august. He used a business account. He confessed his love for me on 10 august. He chatted with me every day and called me honey and dear. He even said that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. We sent each other photos and audio recordings. I fell in love with him too. He called me 4 times on the phone. I asked for a video call but he said he was shy. On 13 september, he said that he was done with his work and could not chat on whatsapp anymore. We shifted to google hangouts. On 21 september, he asked me to open a trading account to start investing for our future. I told him that i was not interested. He said that i yelled at him. Then he called me on 22 september. His voice was different from the one that i heard previously. He still claimed that his voice changed because he was stressed. I pointed out to him that it was not possible and he quickly hung up. He sounded like a Caucasian and older. The one that called me at whatsapp sounded asian and boyish. I did a google reverse image search before with the photos that he sent me but there was no result. I just want to warn everyone that there are people operating as a syndicate preying on their victims' emotions and intending to scam money eventually. Their acting was superb. They showered me with love and concern. I didn't lose any money but i was scammed of my feelings and time.

https://scamalert.sg/…/online-friend-who-showered-me-with-l…





9> OCTOBER 17, 2020

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A Citizens on Patrol (COP) member dons a blue vest and carries an identification card while on patrolling duties. Do say hello to them if you see them in your neighbourhood!
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Find out more about Citizens on Patrol and how to join at: https://www.copcommunitysg.com/citizens-on-patrol-singapore…
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To stay vigilant, to avoid being a victim of crime/scam and to receive life saving skills tips:
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Bookmark our website:
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8> OCTOBER 16 , 2020

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<Educational Post - Know the Right Authority to Contact>
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Have you ever been caught in certain sticky situations and not knowing which authority to call?
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We have compiled the following authorities and organisations on what they do, and when you should contact them:
- Singapore Police Force
- Singapore Civil Defence Force
- National Crime Prevention Council
- Ministry of Law, Singapore (MinLaw)
- Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE)
- Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS)
- Community Mediation Centre (CMC)
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*Note:
On a word of caution - scammers may take opportunities to impersonate government authorities and officials; so do stay vigilant if you receive a phone call from any of the above organisations asking for your personal-, financial/ banking-, Singpass or any other confidential details.
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- No government agencies nor organisations will ever ask for such details.
- Ignore and end such phone calls if you detect anything suspicious.
- Do alert and provide details to the affected authorities or organisations if you experience such an encounter.
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To stay vigilant, to avoid being a victim of crime/scam and to receive life saving skills tips:
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7> OCTOBER 15, 2020

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6> October 15, 2020

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<Scam Awareness Post - Top 10 Scam Types in Singapore>
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Our Singapore Police Force has been persistently educating the public on scams, joining forces with the Community and various organisations in the Let's Fight Scams movement. Alas, why are scams still on the rise?
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PERPETUAL Reminder:
- ALWAYS ignore unsolicited calls/ messages from strangers
- Do not panic
- Do not believe
- Do not give out personal information like:
>Personal details (NRIC, address, date of birth),
>Bank/ financial details (bank account and/ or credit card details)
>Login ID details (Singpass),
>Passwords / PIN codes
>OTP codes
- Do not even believe your 'friends' on social media asking for your personal and financial details. Call them to verify if it's them who 'messaged' you
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Our comprehensive compilation of scam prevention tips at:
https://www.copcommunitysg.com/scam-alert-prevention-tips.h…




5> OCTOBER 14 , 2020

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<Impersonation Scam Alert | Scam Prevention Advisory>
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Impersonation scams have become one of the top scams of concern. Find out more on the types of impersonation scams and learn how to detect and avoid being a victim of such scams.
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To stay vigilant, to avoid being a victim of crime/scam and to receive life saving skills tips:
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4> OCTOBER 13 , 2020

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<CyberHack Alert | Crime Prevention Advisory>
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It was reported that security cameras in Singapore homes had been hacked, where footage of victims in private situations and compromising positions were shared online and uploaded on pornographic sites.
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Never assume that your home/ office camera is secure. Take time to review and tighten your home/ office surveillance and security network.
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Preventive measures to avoid being a victim of security camera cyber attacks:
- Use IP cameras from trusted brands that offer reliable security features;
- Update the software for the IP camera as soon as it is available; and
- Use strong passwords, and change it regularly. Avoid using the default password that came with the IP camera.
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Read more on Singapore home cams hacked and stolen footage sold on pornographic sites at:
https://www.straitstimes.com/…/singapore-home-cams-hacked-a…
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Share with your loved ones and friends. Do not let them become the next victim of cyberhacking.
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To stay vigilant, to avoid being a victim of crime/scam and to receive life saving skills tips:
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Visit our website:
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3> OCTOBER 10 , 2020

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<We are #Grateful#ThankYou >
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We have created this to put everything about crime prevention in one place, in hope to make it convenient for our audience's easy reference.
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We are humbled and excited - in under 6 months and due to audience support, our Alexa traffic ranking for SG has put us one of the top 3,000 websites in SG, and close to one of the top 300,000 websites globally.
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Thank you to all our fans for your wonderful support and encouragement.
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We hope our website will continue to empower our readers to stay educated on crime prevention to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from harm.
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We welcome feedback on web content improvement.
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2> OCTOBER 6 , 2020

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<Feature Post - Citizens On Patrol>
#Empowering the Community to Safeguard Everyday
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1> OCTOBER 5, 2020

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