SINGAPORE: A brand new rip-off development has surfaced, the place scammers supply pretend part-time jobs for e-commerce platforms, stated the police on Wednesday (Might 12).
The pretend commercials are posted on Fb, or despatched by way of unsolicited WhatsApp messages from unknown numbers.
The scammers would supply part-time jobs comparable to an affiliate marketing online affiliate, with a day by day wage of between S$300 to S$500. The message would additionally embrace a WhatsApp quantity as some extent of contact to enroll in the job.
If victims contact the quantity, the scammer would then clarify that the job requires them to assist e-commerce platform retailers enhance their gross sales by making advance purchases. Victims can be assured that they might get their cash refunded ultimately, plus a ten per cent fee.
The scammers would then present an e-commerce platform merchandise hyperlink to the victims, and instruct them to supply a screenshot of the merchandise of their procuring cart.
The victims would then be instructed to make fee for the merchandise by transferring the cash to a checking account quantity offered by the scammer.
This course of can be repeated a number of instances, starting with low price objects, earlier than progressing to dearer objects.
Victims would initially obtain the refunds and the fee, however the scammers would ultimately declare to have encountered points with refunds, and cease paying the victims.
The scammers would then change into uncontactable.
The police want to advise the members of public to undertake the next precautionary measures:
- Whether it is too good to be true, it most likely is. Don’t settle for doubtful job presents that provide profitable returns for minimal effort
- At all times full your buy on the e-commerce platform itself. Keep away from making advance funds or direct financial institution transfers to the vendor as this methodology doesn’t supply any safety
- By no means share your checking account particulars with anybody. Your private checking account is on your personal utilization and you might be liable for all transactions made by means of your checking account.
These with info associated to such crimes can name the police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit it on-line at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.
For extra info on scams, members of the general public can go to www.scamalert.sg or name the anti-scam hotline at 1800-722-6688.