The number of scams in Singapore seems to be on the rise these days; it’s amazing how scammers are constantly coming up with new and innovative ways to dupe unsuspecting victims.
A Singapore mum recently posted details of a suspected scam, and wants to warn others about it.
Phone scam in Singapore?
Mummy of 2, Evonne, recently received a call from a lady, who said she was calling on behalf of Friso, a well-known formula milk company. Apparently, she needed some details for sending across a sample.
Evonne writes on Facebook, “But the lady got my kid’s birthday wrong. Please be vigilant against such calls. The lady over the phone eventually hung up on me when I told her I don’t have a child born on that specific date she mentioned.”
We at theAsianparent contacted Evonne, and she told us that the lady on the other end of the line sounded really unprofessional, and she felt fishy about the call. She also revealed what the conversation sounded like:
Evonne remembers feeling strange, considering her baby’s date of birth was nowhere close to what was was mentioned and there were no details about the child in their system!
Meanwhile, she was able to contact Friso for a clarification and has received a response from them. She says, “They have confirmed that they have recently outsourced their calling service to a 3rd Party company. They are currently in the midst of verifying if any agents from that company called me with this particular number.”
theAsianparent has also contacted Friso, and is awaiting their response on the incident.
Thank you Evonne for letting us share your experience, we are sure it will help in warning other mums about such phone calls.
Mums and dads, if you receive any suspicious phone calls remember to:
- Never provide personal information like name, identification number, passport, bank account or credit card details.
- Be vigilant about money transfer requests / threats: Government agencies will not ask you to make a payment through a telephone call, especially to a third party’s bank account. In such situations, you should ignore the call. Do not transfer any money to the caller, either via remittance agencies, banks or any other means.
Numerous phone scams have been reported in Singapore, and in case of serious scams, you can even report to Police hotline at 1800 255 0000 or dial 999 for urgent Police assistance.
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