S’pore cleaner, 62, loses S$330,000 savings to scammers in China, money saved over 50 years
Published by Mothership on July 15, 2022, 02:58 PM
A 62-year-old cleaner in Singapore lost about 50 years’ worth of savings amounting to S$330,000, to a scammer who claimed to be a police officer from Shanghai, China,
Zhang Han Cheng, the victim, was recovering from Covid-19 at home in November 2021 when he received a phone call from a person who claimed to be a police officer in Shanghai.
The scammer told Zhang he was involved in a money-laundering operation, and asked him to cooperate with the investigation.
To do so, he had to open up a new bank account and transfer money to the account for them to check if the money was clean.
What made it more convincing was that the scammer on the call knew Zhang’s personal information and home address, even though he had never been to Shanghai, let alone opened a bank account there.
Zhang told Shin Min that he subsequently received letters, supposedly from Chinese authorities and the Shanghai police, which convinced him that he may be in trouble with the law and needed to act.
In addition, the scammers stressed he could not tell anyone about opening the bank account or he would be in more trouble with the law.
They also added that they had installed a bug in his phone that can listen in on his calls.
During this time, Zhang’s elder brother, who was delivering food to him during his isolation, said that Zhang did not respond to his call. There was even one time when the elder brother could not get through Zhang’s phone for 20 minutes.
And when Zhang finally responded, he said he could not tell his older brother what was happening.
His brother added that if Zhang had told him earlier, there might have been a chance to stop the transaction.
After his Covid-19 isolation period was completed, Zhang headed down to the bank, transferred S$60,000 and provided the one-time password of his bank account to the scammer.
Later, on Dec. 7, 2021, he checked his bank account and found that he was only left with S$49.25.
After Zhang realised he had been scammed, he was deeply affected, and could not eat or sleep.
According to Shin Min, Zhang’s bank statement showed that the scammer first transferred S$14,000 on Nov. 15, 2021, and then made seven more bank transfers on Nov. 23.
He had lost S$330,000 in total.
Asked for money back
The day after Zhang found out that his savings had been wiped out, he sought help from his older brother.
Zhang’s brother told Shin Min that Zhang does not understand English and would often ask him to read text messages from the bank.
But, most of the time, the texts were promotional advertisements from the bank and Zhang stopped forwarding them to his older brother.
So, on the day the money was transferred, Zhang received a text from the bank in English which he did not understand and did not let his brother take a look.
His brother reported the incident to the police and to the bank.
The older Zhang told the bank that his brother usually withdraws about S$200 from his bank account and added that when the large sum was transferred out, the bank did not pick up on it and freeze his account.
He hoped that the bank would be able to recover some of the money out of “goodwill”.
Zhang’s older brother met with the bank’s manager three times to appeal the case, but was informed in February this year that they were unable to get back the money.
Police investigations are ongoing, reported Shin Min.
MAS measures to prevent scams
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) introduced seven new measures to improve the security of digital banking in January this year.
Among the new measures, banks will no longer be allowed to send clickable links in emails or SMSes to retail customers and the threshold for funds transfer transaction notifications to customers was set, by default, at S$100 or lower.
来自 / 新明日报 发布 / 2022年7月13日 2:32 PM
Falling into the trap of fraud by helping the “Internet Security Bureau” to catch hackers
Published by Lianhe Wanbao Dated / 2020年6月4日 3:07 PM
Help to set the trap but fall into trap, the female boss innocently lost more than S$90,000! A scammer posing as an official of the Singapore Cyber Security Bureau asked the female boss to set up a trap to catch the hacker, asked the female boss to make six bank transfers of about S$170,000 in three days to get the hacker hooked. Unexpectedly, two days later, the female boss received a call from the anti-fraud center then realize that she was fooled. The bank successfully helped her to retrieve S$76,000, but still lost more than S$90,000.
Barbara (61 years old, owner of a corporate consulting company), who has worked locally for 20 years, received a call from a self-proclaimed employee of Singtel on April 15 to inform her that her Internet address (IP) was used by hackers to transfer funds. He said that someone from the Cyber Security Bureau would contact her.
Barbara said in an interview this morning: “I have been a customer of Singtel for 20 years, so when I received the call, I had no doubt. Later, a man who claimed to be a member of the Cyber Security Bureau called me and asked me to work with them to set up I caught the trap, and I agreed.”
The person first asked her to install the computer program TeamViewer, which allowed the scammer to control her computer remotely, and then the scammer asked her to transfer money online to attract hackers. Barbara made six transfers in three days, totaling about S$170,000. Sometimes she made the transfer in person, and sometimes the fraudster did it herself. She only provided information and one-time password.
She said: “Two days later, I received a call from the Anti-Fraud Center, said inform by the bank staff that there is an abnormal transfer transaction in my account, and I was shocked to be cheated.”
Barbara made transfers through two banks. The bank staff successfully blocked four transfers and retrieved about S$76,000. The other two transfer transactions have been posted, including the largest transfer, which is S$91,000 transferred to the Bank of China account in Hong Kong, and another transfer that cannot be recovered is about S$3,000.
According to police data, providing technical assistance posing as a local telecommunications service provider or government agency personnel is a common trick for scammers. In the first quarter of this year, the police received at least 125 related reports involving up to S$4.5 million.
坠诈骗圈套 帮“网安局”捉骇客 女老板反遭骗17万
来自 / 联合晚报 发布 / 2020年6月4日 3:07 PM
Fake China police officer scam
Published by Lianhe Wanbao on July 1, 2019 1:20 PM
Malaysia man received a fake china police officer phone call locally, the other side claimed to have obtained his contact number from the suspect, and instructed him to transfer money to the Bitcoin vending machine, fortunately the police immediately stopped the Malaysia man to fall into the trap of the fraud syndicate.
Police issued a circular today warning Singaporean, the once-silent “fake china police officer” is now back, between January and April this year, the police have received 65 reports involving up to 4.8 Million.
One of the men who was nearly cheated was Mr. Su, 33, who is currently in the job. He received a false china police officer call at about 9am on May 31 and nearly fell into a trap.
According to his description, on the day of the incident, an employee claiming to be from a telecommunications company suddenly called to inform him that his mobile phone number had been stolen. Shortly after, a man claiming to be a Chinese police officer made a second phone call, saying that the police had arrested a woman whose mobile phone number was found on her contact.
In order to improve credibility, “confirm” their identity, the other side also sent a text message, accompanied by a photo of their documents.
Suspecting that he was an accomplice of the girl, he instructed Mr. Su to transfer all his savings to China via a Bitcoin vending machine, or his mobile telecommunications package would be terminated and he would not be able to return to Malaysia.
After being “warned” by the other side, Mr. Su confessed to being scared, so he followed the instructions to Bitcoin vending machine at Liang Court shopping Centre to transfers money.
He was warned during the call that there might be uniformed police officers at the vending machine, and if he saw the police officer better inform them.
Coincidence police begun sending officer to the Bitcoin vending machine to avoid more people being deceived. Officers from the Orchard Neighborhood Police Department stopped Mr. Su from buying bitcoins in time.
My advice, if you hear Chinese police officer phone call, don’t panic, remember that the law with borders, Singapore and China don’t have an extradition treaty, don’t say you didn’t break the law, even if you did. If the charges are not serious, don’t worry too much.
来自： 联合晚报发布 / 2019年7月1日 1:20 PM
我呼吁各位， 如果听见中国公安的电话， 不必太在意， 切记法律是有国界的， 新加坡和中国并没有没有引渡条约。