While Asian moms might be fierce and unrelenting in forcing you to do what they want, at least they taught us one important thing in life:
You’re never going to get lucky. If you want something in life, you better work hard for it or you’ll end up like that beggar asking for six sticks of cigarettes from passers-by.
In other words, when something is too good to be true, it usually is.
If you can only live by one thing in your entire life, this is a philosophy you might want to live by.
While it might make you miss out on some good stuff in life, it’ll also make sure you won’t lose your own stuff too.
Like what happened to these 13 unlucky individuals.
Police announced losses of $366,000 by 13 unlucky individuals
On 3 Dec, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) announced that over $366,000 were lost by 13 individuals.
The reason? They fell for a 4D scam.
The scammers got into contact with the victims via Facebook or through messaging platforms.
Together with the amulet, you’ll get a winning 4D ticket as well!
The scammer told the victims that all they had to do was to pay a “small” sum of money to “invite the God of Fortune”.
Said god will provide them with winning 4D numbers.
The scammer then told the victims that he had someone who helped to buy their 4D numbers in Malaysia, and they’ve won!
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So there you are, thinking: Wah, sure win one lah, this!
But before they can get a portion of the prize money, they’ll first need to transfer a sum of money to Thailand for blessings before receiving it.
And before you know it, the scammer pulls an MIA on you.
This isn’t the first time something like this happens
No, I don’t mean scams. Everybody knows it’s happening all the time. But paying money for more money? Yup, it happened before.
Except that previously, it was in email form.
Someone from overseas sent you an email about a large amount that got transferred to your bank account.
However, in order to receive that large amount of money, you’d have to first send out some money to “facilitate the transaction”.
The SPF warns the people not to transfer money or give out personal details to strangers over the phone.
“If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.
“Be wary of get-rich-quick offers that ask you to transfer money in return for a greater fortune.”
In other words? Don’t be greedy.
And of course, if you happen to meet with such a scam, whether you’d fallen for it or not, it’s good to report it to the police.
So that they’ll be able to get the word out to others and (hopefully) prevent them from falling for a similar scam.
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