24 November 2008

Lottery phone scam: 5 Taiwanese nabbed

***Updates:
Found this video from Youtube. Hope this Crime Watch Episode can give everyone a clearer understanding how these scams are plotted.




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I do not feel sorry for these victims anymore. Seriously, are they dumb or what? $85,000 lost collectively by 5 victims?

This is not some new scam and Singaporeans should be very well informed of such scams already, especially when most of the victims are often educated.

For me, I receive such scam calls once every month and I always enjoy "playing along" with them and giving them false hope I am their next victim. Then I avoid their calls totally. Haha.

Such scams are always done by China people as they have very strong accent, so please more vigilant and do not be victimised by such scam calls!!!

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(Actual story)
WHEN eight Singaporeans were told via telephone calls from China that they had won handsome cash prizes in a lottery and had to remit money in order to get their prizes, they fell for it.

They believed it so much that they jointly sent almost $85,000 in 'administrative fees' to a Taiwan bank account.

When no prize money arrived, they realised they had been tricked and went to the police.

On Tuesday, five members of the Taiwanese syndicate behind this phone scam were caught in a joint operation between the Singapore Police Force's Commercial Affairs Department and their Taiwanese counterparts.

On Tuesday, five members of the Taiwanese syndicate behind this phone scam were caught in a joint operation between the Singapore Police Force's Commercial Affairs Department and their Taiwanese counterparts.

The syndicate, helmed by a man named Hu, ran an operation under the name Hong Kong China Trust Group.

The Taiwanese authorities said the syndicate hired Chinese nationals to make calls from China to residents here to tell them about their 'prize' of about HK$60,000 (S$11,850).

The catch was that they had to remit administrative fees to a bank account in Taiwan to claim their prize.

Money sent to this account would then be withdrawn by the syndicate, which sent 90 per cent of it to the ring's headquarters in China through an underground money laundering channel.

The remaining 10 per cent of the money was retained by the Taiwanese group for its own use.

The Singapore police would not say how long their Taiwanese counterparts had been working on the case, or whether the ringleader Hu was among those arrested.

But the police here disclosed that they had given information to their Taiwanese counterparts earlier this year.

Phone scams have been on the rise here - almost 603 victims have fallen victim to these fraudsters from January last year to June this year, siphoning almost $9 million.

(News from The Straits Times)

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pr1mero said...

Hi hi. I think these victims are like guillible aunties lor. Like those kiasu type. Hah. I'm just stereotyping, just bite me. :P

Marc said...

pr1mero, unfortunately, the victims lately are not aunties anymore. If u have been reading the news and watching Crime Watch, you will realise that even people in their twenties and thirties get cheated in such scams too.