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  2. <ul><li>More fall victim to phone kidnap </li></ul><ul><li>Scams by Tanya Fong </li></ul><ul><li>04:45 AM Aug 01, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>SINGAPORE - Phone kidnap scams, which first </li></ul><ul><li>surfaced here in 2007, have spiked sharply in </li></ul><ul><li>recent years. </li></ul><ul><li>According to the police, the number of such scams </li></ul><ul><li>where victims receive calls from strangers </li></ul><ul><li>demanding ransom for their next-of-kin or friend – </li></ul><ul><li>being successfully pulled off jumped from 3 cases </li></ul><ul><li>in the first five months of last year, to 25 cases in </li></ul><ul><li>the same period this year. </li></ul>
  3. <ul><li>Correspondingly, the total amount of money taken </li></ul><ul><li>from the victims increased five-fold, from S$24,000 </li></ul><ul><li>to S$133,000. </li></ul><ul><li>Between January and May, the police received a </li></ul><ul><li>total of 307 reports from the public about such </li></ul><ul><li>scams. </li></ul><ul><li>The rise could be linked to the growing popularity </li></ul><ul><li>of social networking websites such as Facebook. </li></ul>
  4. <ul><li>Said a police spokesman: </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Members of the public should be </li></ul><ul><li>careful in sharing personal information </li></ul><ul><li>about themselves and their loved ones , </li></ul><ul><li>especially on social media websites </li></ul><ul><li>where their information can be easily </li></ul><ul><li>gleaned by scammers.&quot; </li></ul>
  5. <ul><li>The police are working with banks and remittance </li></ul><ul><li>centres, schools and crime prevention </li></ul><ul><li>ambassadors to help educate the public. </li></ul><ul><li>It has circulated to banks and remittance centres a </li></ul><ul><li>checklist which includes looking out for customers </li></ul><ul><li>who may seem stressed when withdrawing and </li></ul><ul><li>sending money and to warn them of such scams. </li></ul>
  6. <ul><li>Singapore is not the only country hit by such </li></ul><ul><li>scams, with incidents reported in Africa, the </li></ul><ul><li>Philippines, the United States and China. </li></ul><ul><li>Last February, the police in China arrested 17 </li></ul><ul><li>suspects in Shenzhen as part of a major dragnet </li></ul><ul><li>targeted at phone kidnap scams. </li></ul><ul><li>In Singapore, the modus operandi involves </li></ul><ul><li>conmen calling their victims at home via private or </li></ul><ul><li>unknown numbers. </li></ul>
  7. <ul><li>They then ask for the victims' mobile phone </li></ul><ul><li>numbers and then call them on their number. </li></ul><ul><li>Typically, the conmen instruct the victims not to </li></ul><ul><li>hang up until the &quot;ransom money&quot; has been </li></ul><ul><li>transferred to their account. </li></ul><ul><li>After the money has been paid, the conmen </li></ul><ul><li>instruct victims to go to another location to wait </li></ul><ul><li>while the conman checks that the money is </li></ul><ul><li>transferred, or to fetch the &quot;hostage&quot;. </li></ul>
  8. <ul><li>VICTIMS RECOUNT ORDEAL </li></ul><ul><li>One of the victims, sales manager Susan Tan, 50, </li></ul><ul><li>recalled her three-hour ordeal in December last </li></ul><ul><li>year when she picked up her home phone and </li></ul><ul><li>heard a shriek. &quot;Mummy, save me! Someone is </li></ul><ul><li>beating me and I am bleeding profusely!&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Madam Tan said a man came on the line and </li></ul><ul><li>claimed that her son was in his hands and he </li></ul><ul><li>would kill him if she did not cooperate. </li></ul>
  9. <ul><li>&quot;He kept saying if I did not listen to his instructions and if I hung up, he would harm my son.&quot; The man demanded S$30,000 in ransom and when she said she did not have that much money, he asked her how much she had. &quot;I told him I only had S$10,000.&quot; The man then asked her where the nearest bank was to where she lives and instructed her to go to the bank to withdraw the money. He gave her a Chinese name, the bank and account number to remit the money to. Mdm Tan did as she was told. </li></ul>
  10. <ul><li>The man hung up abruptly after Mdm Tan gave </li></ul><ul><li>him her mobile phone number. He called her </li></ul><ul><li>mobile phone almost immediately. </li></ul><ul><li>Mdm Tan told Today: &quot;He told me to not to call the </li></ul><ul><li>police and not to tell anyone. When I was at the </li></ul><ul><li>bank, the bank teller actually asked me where I </li></ul><ul><li>was remitting the money to. When I told her to a </li></ul><ul><li>relative in Guangzhou, China, she told me to be </li></ul><ul><li>careful as there were several scams reported. I </li></ul><ul><li>don't know why I still transferred the money. I was </li></ul><ul><li>just so afraid that he will harm my son,&quot; she said. </li></ul>
  11. <ul><li>It was only then that she called her 21-year-old </li></ul><ul><li>son - who was studying in the United Kingdom - to </li></ul><ul><li>find him alive and well. </li></ul><ul><li>After she sent the money, she told the man that </li></ul><ul><li>she wanted to hear her son's voice. After hearing a </li></ul><ul><li>voice that did not sound like her son's, Mdm Tan </li></ul><ul><li>feared the worst and cried, she recalled. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I feel so ashamed and haven't told anyone, not </li></ul><ul><li>even my husband. I was just so frightened and </li></ul><ul><li>helpless,&quot; said Mdm Tan. </li></ul>
  12. <ul><li>Another victim, administrative assistant Christina </li></ul><ul><li>Lim, 48, received a call in her office. She was told </li></ul><ul><li>that her 16-year-old son had been kidnapped. </li></ul><ul><li>She was then asked to go to a remittance house at </li></ul><ul><li>Pearl's Centre in Chinatown. </li></ul><ul><li>After transferring S$2,000, Mdm Lim was asked by </li></ul><ul><li>the caller to go to a HDB block in Toa Payoh to </li></ul><ul><li>wait for her son. She was also instructed to tear </li></ul><ul><li>and throw away the remittance docket. </li></ul>
  13. <ul><li>Mdm Lim told Today that she was so frightened </li></ul><ul><li>that she refused to pick up any call - including calls </li></ul><ul><li>from her colleagues and husband who were </li></ul><ul><li>worried about her after she left office abruptly. </li></ul><ul><li>After half an hour spent waiting in vain, she finally </li></ul><ul><li>picked up a call from her husband who told her </li></ul><ul><li>that their son was safe and sound. </li></ul><ul><li>Said Mdm Lim: &quot;I was in a daze. I left my office just </li></ul><ul><li>like that and even met my sister to take the money </li></ul><ul><li>from her. She too, was so frightened that she did </li></ul><ul><li>not call the police.&quot; </li></ul>
  14. What you should do if you get a &quot;kidnap&quot; call SOURCE: Singapore Police Force website <ul><li>Remain calm and contact your loved-one immediately to confirm his safety. Should repeated attempts at contacting him fail, seek assistance from the police immediately. </li></ul><ul><li>Attempt to verify the authenticity of the caller's claim by asking him questions to verify the identity of the purportedly kidnapped victim , for instance, the number of family members staying together or whether there are pets in the house. </li></ul>
  15. <ul><li>Even if you have confirmed that your loved-one is safe, call the police immediately at 999 to report the case. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not reveal your particulars to the caller. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not transfer any money via remittance agencies, banks or any other means to the caller. </li></ul>What you should do if you get a &quot;kidnap&quot; call by SOURCE: Singapore Police Force website
  16. Tips on personal safety <ul><li>“ No, Go, Yell, Tell.” </li></ul><ul><li>If in a dangerous situations, say </li></ul><ul><li>no, run away, yell as loudly as you can, and </li></ul><ul><li>tell a trusted adult what happened right </li></ul><ul><li>away. </li></ul>
  17. Tips on personal safety <ul><li>Be careful around all strangers. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s common to think that “bad strangers” </li></ul><ul><li>look scary, like the villains in cartoons. This </li></ul><ul><li>is not true. Handsome strangers can be just </li></ul><ul><li>as dangerous as the not-so-handsome ones. </li></ul>
  18. Tips on personal safety <ul><li>Go to a public place to ask for help </li></ul><ul><li>Safe strangers are people you can ask </li></ul><ul><li>for help when you need it. Police officers </li></ul><ul><li>and firefighters are two examples of very </li></ul><ul><li>recognizable safe strangers. Teachers, </li></ul><ul><li>principals, and librarians are adults you </li></ul><ul><li>can trust too, and they are easy to </li></ul><ul><li>recognize when they’re at work. </li></ul>
  19. Tips on personal safety <ul><li>Be wary of potentially dangerous situations </li></ul><ul><li>This will help you when dealing with </li></ul><ul><li>strangers as well as with known adults who </li></ul><ul><li>may not have good intentions. Recognize </li></ul><ul><li>the warning signs of suspicious behavior, </li></ul><ul><li>such as when an adult asks you to disobey </li></ul><ul><li>their parents or do something without </li></ul><ul><li>permission, or asks you to keep a secret, or </li></ul><ul><li>asks you for help, or makes you feel uncomfortable </li></ul><ul><li>in any way. </li></ul>
  20. Tips on personal safety <ul><li>Make sure your parents or guardians know </li></ul><ul><li>where you are at all times. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask permission or check with your parent or </li></ul><ul><li>guardian before going anywhere. Make sure </li></ul><ul><li>you know your parents’/guardians’ work and </li></ul><ul><li>mobile phone numbers so you can reach them </li></ul><ul><li>at all times. </li></ul>
  21. Tips on personal safety <ul><li>Choose safe places to play, safe roads </li></ul><ul><li>and paths to take, and safe places to go. </li></ul>
  22. What would you do if.. <ul><li>A nice-looking stranger approaches you in the park and asks for help finding his lost dog? </li></ul><ul><li>A woman who lives in your neighborhood but whom you have never spoken to invites you into her house for a snack? </li></ul><ul><li>A stranger asks if you want a ride home from school? </li></ul><ul><li>You think you are being followed? </li></ul><ul><li>An adult you know says or does something that makes you feel bad or uncomfortable? </li></ul><ul><li>While you are walking home from a friend’s house, a car pulls over and a stranger asks you for directions? </li></ul>
  23. http://www.todayonline.com/Singapore/EDC110801-0000023/More-fall-victim-to-phone-kidnap-scams http://www.spf.gov.sg/mic/2010/101004_phone_scam.htm Sources

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