Police warns of scam advertisements on Google Search disguised as bank's hotline number
Anyone with information on such scams can call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000.
Since December 2021, at least 15 victims have fallen prey to such scams involving fake bank hotlines with losses amounting to at least S$495,000.The scams involve fake advertisements on Google Search that would appear when the user searches for bank contact numbers.
How do these scams work?The scammers would post advertisements on Google Search that show a bank's contact numbers.The victims who search for the banks’ contact numbers via Google Search would then see the scam advertisements appearing as the first few search results.Read more: Mothership.sg »
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Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.The Singapore Police Force (SPF) has put out an advisory to warn members of the public about fake SMSes where scammers spoof the SMS header.Media entrepreneur Byron Allen's Allen Media Group (AMG) struck a multi-year deal with Google Cloud on Tuesday, through which the Alphabet Inc-owned company will provide cloud services to the entertainment firm.Copy to clipboard https://str.
me/mothershipsg Since December 2021, at least 15 victims have fallen prey to such scams involving fake bank hotlines with losses amounting to at least S$495,000. The scams involve fake advertisements on Google Search that would appear when the user searches for bank contact numbers. He was asked to transfer money to make payment for administrative or transfer fees, before a loan could be disbursed to him. How do these scams work? The scammers would post advertisements on Google Search that show a bank's contact numbers. Google Cloud provides services to a host of media clients, including Comcast Corp-owned media group Sky and Major League Baseball. The victims who search for the banks’ contact numbers via Google Search would then see the scam advertisements appearing as the first few search results. The message indicated that he was under supposedly investigation for money laundering offences and was instructed to contact the investigation officer listed in the SMS for further information. Image from SPF. In announcing the charges against the officers, the prosecutor's office released a statement from Mr Bruce L.
These scam advertisements would provide a fake contact number for victims to contact. Verify via hotline SPF further advised members of the public to always verify the authenticity of the information by contacting the relevant government agencies through their official hotline. Meanwhile, the company's top boss Byron Allen is currently pursuing a bid to acquire U. As they believe that these are the actual bank's hotlines, victims would call the number shown in the advertisement and speak to a scammer impersonating as bank staff. Impersonating bank officials In this case, they would share the reasons for contacting the bank and then, the scammers would tell victims that there are issues with their bank account, credit or debit cards or loan amount. The police added that licensed moneylenders are not allowed to solicit for loans via text messages, phone calls or social media platforms, are required to meet the borrower in person, and will not ask a loan applicant to make any payment before the disbursement of a loan. The scammer would then instruct the victims to temporarily transfer the funds to bank accounts provided, under the pretext of resolving the bank account or credit or debit card issue or to make a payment for the outstanding loan. (Reporting by Yuvraj Malik in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel) Source: Reuters. In some cases, victims would receive an SMS with headers spoofing that of the bank to appear more authentic. The charges on Tuesday (Jan 18) stem from a shooting that occurred Aug 21.
The SMS will claim that the bank was facilitating a reset of the victims’ bank account as part of the “Let’s Fight Scam” Campaign by the Anti-Scam Centre and Singapore Police Force or would state that the victim needed to transfer money for early loan settlement. Image from SPF. The victims only realised that they had been scammed when they contacted the bank via the authentic hotline to verify the new bank account number, or when the bank contacted them to verify the reason for the large sum of money transferred. May be more dangerous now This scam method might be more dangerous after the recent OCBC phishing scams became prominent in the news. A customer who receives a suspicious SMS may wish to contact the bank for verification, and search for the bank's phone number. Two of those shots were fired"in the direction of" the officers, prosecutors said.
But he may then fall victim to this Google Search scam which lures in victims with a fake bank number. What to do? The police advise members of the public to always verify the authenticity of the information with numbers listed on the official bank website or behind the cards issued by the banks. They should also not transfer funds into bank accounts belonging to someone you do not know and not disclose your personal information or banking details and OTP to anyone. However, if you find yourself in that situation, report any fraudulent transactions to your bank immediately. If you have any information relating to such crimes, please call the Police Hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit it online at . Join.