Beware of scam demanding ransom for kidnap of loved ones

April 4, 2018
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Many Singaporeans have been receiving SMS scam messages demanding ransom for their loved ones. Victims would receive messages which says that their loved ones had been kidnapped and would require a sum of money to be kept safe.

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) said in a news release on Wednesday (Apr 4) that many reports have been made regarding similar cases.

On SPF’s Facebook page, 5 people within a day had posted screenshots of a message they received. The message said: “I kidnap your daughter. If you want your daughter safe, bank in $500,000 to my account now. If you report police, I will rape your daughter.”

In the news release, the police advised the public to remain calm and do not transfer any money or reply to the SMS. They should also contact their loved ones to confirm their safety immediately.In addition, they should block and report the number as spam.

Members of the public who wish to provide any information for such cases can call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.

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