7 arrested for tech support scams
2021-09-22

Information Six men and one woman, aged between 21 and 25, will be charged in court on 23 September 2021 for their suspected involvement in facilitating the retention of proceeds of crime by a transnational criminal syndicate that was perpetrating Tech Support Scams. On 16 September 2020, the Commercial Affairs Department received a complaint from a victim in Canada claiming to have lost more than S$12,500 after falling prey to a Tech Support Scam. The scammer allegedly impersonated a member of staff from a company providing firewall and virus removal services and offered the victim a refund on his pre-paid subscription. The victim was allegedly deceived into allowing the scammer to access his computer remotely on the pretext of removing the software from his computer and in the process, his internet banking log-in credentials was revealed in order to process the refund. This led to the victim’s money being transferred out from his Canadian bank account to a bank account in Singapore.
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