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The Straits Times
Wednesday. Sep 7, 2016
People's Park Complex remittance agency Hanshan Money Express foiled yet another phone scam attempt on Tuesday (Sept 6), saving the victim $1,900.
The victim, a 30-year-old woman, received a phone call on Tuesday morning from someone claiming to be from SingPost.
The woman was told that police in Shanghai had intercepted a contraband parcel of counterfeit items sent in her name.
Another caller, purporting to be from law enforcement in Shanghai, then told her that she faced arrest for money laundering.
The victim was ordered to remit money to a bank account in China.
She went to Hanshan Money Express in the afternoon to transfer the money. Hanshan Money Express employee Zhang Lei found the transaction fishy. She brought it up to her supervisor, who called the police.
The victim's money was successfully recovered.
This is the second time in a week that Hanshan Money Express staff have had to step in. Last Thursday (Sept 1), they saved a 37-year-old man $3,500.
In June, staff from the company came to the rescue of an 80-year-old woman who would have lost $180,000 in a similar parcel scam.
The police remind members of the public to be wary of unsolicited calls from unknown parties that give instructions to transfer or remit money, or hand over bank details and personal information.
SingPost has also put an advisory on its websiteabout scam calls and e-mails where fraudsters claim to be from SingPost.