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Singaporeans bilked for over $300k in phone scams

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 8, 2007

Singaporeans were conned of over $300,000 in telephone scams over the past four months. Police said 29 victims were scammed by people claiming to be police officers or Supreme Court staff. These victims lost a total of $275,500.

Another two were cheated of more than $50,000 after they were tricked into believing that their relatives have been kidnapped.

In a press statement on Saturday, police said the impersonation scam first came to light in September and as of Dec 6, 224 cases have been reported.

The conmen pose as police and court officers and accuse their victims of being involved in criminal acts or failing to attend court.

To avoid punishment, victims are told to transfer money to the officer’s bank account. (story)

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