In the second scam variation, a drop-off agency would be listed as the pickup location for a delivery.
The scammer would then contact the designated courier and ask him to transfer a certain amount of money to an overseas account, promising an attractive tip of at least S$100 per installment.
The victims would only realize that they had been cheated when the scammers then became unreachable and they could find no one at the delivery location to make payment for the discount.
CRIME PREVENTION MEASURES
Police have advised members of the public to observe these crime prevention measures:
- Do not accept dubious job offers that offer lucrative returns for minimal effort;
- Never assist anyone you have not met in person with money transfers, including remittances;
- Never provide gift card codes without first receiving payment;
- Immediately report the scammer to the delivery platform’s customer service;
Providing remittance services without a license is an offense punishable by a fine of up to S$125,000, up to three years in prison, or both, police have warned.
For more information about scams, members of the public can visit the Scam Alert website or call the Anti-Scam Hotline at 1800-722-6688.