Received texts about your loved ones getting kidnapped and demanding ransom? It's a scam

If you have gotten text messages claiming that your family member has been kidnapped and asking for a ransom in exchange for their safety, do not panic.

This is a scam, warned the police, after they received numerous reports from members of the public about receiving such SMSes (Short Message Service).

If you receive such messages, here's what you should do:

  • Don’t panic – Remain calm and do not reply to the SMS. Block and report the number as spam.

  • Don’t believe – Contact your loved one immediately to confirm their safety.

  • Don’t give – do not transfer any money as instructed by the SMSes.

Those who wish to provide any information relating to such cases can call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit information online at

For urgent police assistance, dial '999'.

To seek scam-related advice, members of the public may call the anti-scam helpline at 1800-722-6688 or go to

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