“Pattern more than badminton”: Beware of court scams!

By July 18, 2022Current, Hoaxes & Rumours

TL;DR — Look out for the latest court scams that’s going around in Singapore!

A new form of scam is in town — scammers are masquerading as law firms who threaten victims that their properties will be seized if they fail to make a payment to stop the court order.

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Modus Operandi

Victims will first receive a call from the scammers, who will claim that they are from a “law firm”. They will claim that there is a court order against you to seize your properties and belongings.

The unscrupulous creativity of imposters

The scammers would repeat your residential address to you during the call, which they may have gotten it through illegal means.

After which, they will try to obtain your personal information such as your name, NRIC or FIN number and bank account details to “verify” your details.

They will then ask you to transfer a “payment” of up to S$3,000 to a specific bank account.

Exercise caution against court scams

The Singapore Courts remind that the calls will often have a +65 prefix, which is a spoofed number from overseas. Some scammers will even drop the number “6336 0644” — a past Supreme Court contact number which is no longer in use. Also, officers in Singapore Courts will never initiate calls to either request payment or ask for personal details.

For more information on scams,you can visit www.scamalert.sg or call the Anti-Scam Hotline at 1800-722-6688. You can also submit information through the Police hotline at 1800-255-0000 or online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.

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