The authorities have observed that scammers are using social media platforms and dating websites such as QQ, Wechat, Facebook, Line, and Okcupid to reach their victims and would like to advise members of the public to take the following precautions when they're online: - Call the agency's official telephone number to check that they had contacted you.
Momi began sending revealing photos of herself, offering to be a "part-time girlfriend" in exchange for money.
Jimmy, who has not met any of his We Chat contacts, agreed and arranged to meet Momi. Instead, the Singaporean received a call from Momi's "friend", who asked him to buy an i Tunes card as payment for Momi's sexual services.
Asia One 8 November 2016 Social media platforms such as Facebook and Line are familiar to many in Singapore but active users should exercise more precaution as there might be scammers lurking on these sites.
Police said this in a statement today (Nov 8) and pointed out that these scams, which usually involve transferring money overseas, can take place in at least three ways.
These figures surpass the 66 cases involving S$118,000 reported for the whole of 2014.
In the same time period this year, authorities received at least 190 reports of internet love scams involving approximately S.5 million, almost matching the 198 cases involving S.8 million for the whole of 2014.Most victims of such scams are women aged between 30 and 59, and holding professional jobs.They are approached on social media platforms such as Facebook, and Skout, and form relationships with online "lovers", who then feign financial difficulties and ask for money.Criminals can use the personal information and bank details such as internet bank account username and password, OTP code from token and impersonate you; - Exercise caution when befriending strangers through social media platforms. - Call a trusted friend or talk to a relative before you act.For those with information related to such crimes or if in doubt, call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or call 999 for urgent assistance.To date, more than 50 such scams have been reported, involving around S million.