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The police released a list of 64 monikers that online sellers have used to scam at least 211 people out of a total of at least $128,000 since last month.
The police have received reports lodged against allegedly fraudulent scams on these social media platforms:
Several names look similar because the difference could be just one character.
Investigations are ongoing into the criminals behind the e-commerce scam and their money mules.
The scammers pretending to be “sellers” would entice victims by posting attractive deals on the platforms.
Victims who come across the deals would contact the scammers directly using the platform’s in-app messenger.
After confirming the price and order details, the victims would be asked to make payment to the seller’s bank account via PayNow.
The victims would only realise that they had been scammed when they did not receive the goods and/or the “seller” become uncontactable.
If you have any information relating to such crimes or if you are in doubt, please call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit it online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness. All information will be kept strictly confidential. If you require urgent police assistance, please dial 999.
For more information on scams, members of the public can visit www.scamalert.sg or call the Anti-Scam Helpline at 1800-722-6688.