SINGAPORE: A local remittance company has foiled a fourth scam attempt, this time amounting to S$14,000.
According to the police, they were alerted on Aug 17 at around 5pm by Zhongguo Remittance's employee Sun Lin Lin about a suspected case of cheating. Authorities then ascertained that a 25-year-old man had been scammed into remitting that amount to an overseas account.
Investigations showed that the victim received a phone call on Aug 16 from an unknown man claiming that he had a parcel containing prohibited drugs sent under his name to China, and this has been held at the Shanghai customs. The call was then transferred to another person claiming to be a Shanghai police officer who told the victim he was being investigated for money laundering offences and required him to provide his particulars, passport number and bank details.
Shortly after, the call was transferred to a third person, also claiming to be a Shanghai police officer, who instructed the victim to transfer money to a specified bank account, SPF said.
It was at the remittance company when Ms Sun, who attended to the victim, suspected something was amiss and informed her supervisor Lee Yong Jie, who notified the police. The intervention meant the S$14,000 was fully recovered, police added.
"This case highlights the strong police-community partnership in crime fighting. The police would like to commend Ms Sun and Mr Lee for their timely intervention that helped in foiling the scam," they said in the press release.