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The Straits Times
8 March 2017
There have been multiple reports of victims being cheated of their money by scammers operating on Chinese social media app WeChat, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said on Tuesday (March 7).
In all, more than $70,000 was lost by the victims in these cases.
The scammers had promised to sell various items such as online gaming credits or foreign currency at attractive rates.
In the statement, the police also specified the tactics used by these scammers. For example, victims playing Chinese online games such as The Legend of the Condor Heroes would encounter a pop-up window advertising the sale of in-game credits at an attractive discount.
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This pop-up would instruct the victims to add the scammer on WeChat, before the victims were asked to register for accounts on a website so they could receive the credits.
The registration would require the victims' personal particulars and bank account details.
Inevitably, the scammers would fail to deliver the in-game credits after the victims had paid via online payment networks such as Alipay or MyCard, and also become uncontactable on WeChat.
Police had the following advice for members of the public: