A remittance company foiled a scam attempt involving S$1,000, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said in a news release on Thursday (Aug 4).
According to SPF, the victim received a phone call claiming that he had a parcel containing illegal items sent under his name to Shanghai which was withheld at Changi Airport. The call was then transferred to someone claiming to be a Shanghai police officer, who told the victim that he was being investigated for money laundering offences in Shanghai and required him to provide his bank details.
Shortly after, the call was routed to another person claiming to be a Shanghai police officer who provided further instructions on the transfer of monies, said SPF. The 25-year-old victim complied and proceeded to his regular remittance company to execute the instructions.
Ms Sun Lin Lin, a staff from Zhongguo Remittance, alerted her supervisor on Wednesday evening when she noticed something was amiss while attending to the request.
SPF added that officers from Central Division and Commercial Affairs Department then responded swiftly to the scene and it was revealed through further investigations that the victim had been scammed. Due to the timely intervention by Ms Sun, the S$1,000 was fully recovered.
“This case highlights the strong Police-Community Partnership in crime fighting,” said SPF. “The police would like to commend Ms Sun for her timely intervention that helped in deterring a scam.”