Video clip and anti-scam apps among tactics used by police to fight scams

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SINGAPORE — At first glance, it looks like a typical K-pop music video, but the song, which features three stylish young singers, explains how people can spot the signs and stop the scams.

Police had released the video, created with content platform SGAG and the National Crime Prevention Council, on Tuesday (February 15) to remind viewers to remain vigilant.

Young tech-savvy people fall victim to scams.

People between the ages of 20 and 39 formed the largest group of victims for phishing scams, employment scams, e-commerce, investments, loans, official Chinese identity theft scams, as well than scams on fake gambling platforms.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Desmond Tan revealed as much on Tuesday as he answered questions in Parliament about the scam situation in Singapore.

Besides the video, the police said they took other measures to fight the plague.

1. Project awakenings

Launched on December 3, this project helps police identify and warn potential victims of investment scams.

Officers submit screenshots of suspicious WhatsApp groups promoting unregulated investment products to the Police Anti-Scam Center (ASC).

The ASC then uses optical character recognition which automates the capture of local cell phone numbers of potential victims in these groups.

Targeted notices are then sent to these potential victims using robotic process automation.

By the end of December last year, more than 1,300 potential victims had received the notice.

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