The local police have issued a warning against an e-commerce scam, in which tickets to Universal Studios Singapore and vouchers for Takashimaya department store are being sold online cheap.
In a Facebook post on Friday (Dec 5), the Singapore Police Force said they have received reports on such cases. They said that scammers often assure victims that they are genuine through various methods such as providing a copy of their supposed NRICs and local bank accounts for victims to transfer payments.
To complete the purchase, the scammers would require victims to make payment via bank transfers. After payment has been made, victims would not receive their purchases and the scammers would be uncontactable.
Police advise members of the public to be wary of such scams and to adopt the following measures:
1. Do business with those you know and trust - Be sure you know who the company or person is, and where they are physically located, even if a local number is used.
2. Understand the offer - Look carefully at the information about the goods and ask for more information where required. Also ensure that you know what is being sold, the total price, the delivery date, the return, cancellation policy and the terms of any guaranteed.
3. Never give your bank account or credit card numbers and personal information to anyone you do not know or have not checked out - Do not provide information that is not necessary to make the purchase.
4. Check out the track record of the company or seller - Ask the company/seller for their list of clients/customers. Make enquiries with the clients/customers on the background and services provided by the company/seller.
Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.