‘I thought it would never happen to me’: How one victim lost S$300,000 in jobs scam

When I replied, I used to be added to a chat group with 9 members. Once I joined, a number of individuals despatched messages welcoming me to the group.

One of the members invited one other member to dinner, however she replied: “Next time, keen to work late a bit, earn extra earnings.”

One individual messaged me individually to get “acquainted”, asking for private particulars like my age and occupation. The group member, who known as himself Ryan, shared that he may earn S$5,000 to S$6,000 a month with this “job”.

I messaged a lot of the members in the group individually, asking them if this was a scam. They all stated no.

One replied saying that that they had been engaged on this for 11 months and that “you’re the first one who’ve doubt with our platform”.

Another texted me “siao”, which implies “loopy” in Hokkien.

I ended texting the scammers once they requested me to key my financial institution particulars into the web site to switch commissions to me. Just a few hours later, they eliminated me from the chat group.


According to scamalert.sg, jobs scams usually begin with unsolicited job gives by way of messaging apps or social media. They can come in many kinds and the case outlined above is an “Affiliate Marketing” jobs scam.

This is the place victims are requested to assist increase gross sales of sellers by paying for merchandise in advance in return for commissions. Such funds are sometimes made to personal financial institution accounts.

There are additionally scams the place victims are requested to course of fund transfers, open financial institution accounts or obtain a donation into their private financial institution accounts in return for a small fee.

Scammers generally additionally place on-line job advertisements for assistant purchasers, inventory takers or members for a system trial on widespread labeled web sites like Gumtree.

Participants are requested to reveal private particulars, cellphone safety codes and one-time passwords, info that enables scammers to entry the individual’s cell phone strains to buy on-line credit.

Yet one other sort of scam includes job advertisements for male escorts, and candidates are informed they would be launched to rich feminine purchasers, however solely after they pay a registration price.

The scammers additionally ask victims for different charges comparable to for insurance coverage and membership earlier than disappearing with the cash, in accordance to scamalert.sg.

Latest police statistics present that the quantity cheated in job scams elevated to S$6.5 million in the primary half of 2021, from S$60,000 in the identical interval in 2020. The variety of such scams jumped greater than 16 instances to 658, from 40 in the primary half of 2020.

The variety of scam instances, in common, has been on the rise. In December, almost 470 individuals fell for SMS phishing scams involving OCBC, with complete losses amounting to not less than S$8.5 million. 


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