In another normal day on this Little Red Dot, we have a new fake news disseminating to everyone to cause public alarm.
Perhaps things are too boring for these people out there. Or perhaps we have no idea that we are even receiving fake news sometimes.
Messages About People Going Door-to-Door to Give Masks & Then Rob Them Are False
The Singapore Police Force (SPF) posted on Facebook yesterday (26 May), debunking the news of door-to-door distribution of masks – the day that people can collect their reusable masks.
According to SPF, there have been fake text messages circulating around messaging platforms such as WhatsApp.
The message claimed that there are people robbing residents under the pretext that they are distributing masks under a new Government initiative.
It then elaborated that residents would be made to try on masks when approached by these people. These masks are believed to be doused with chemicals to make them lose consciousness.
Once residents are deemed unconscious, these people will proceed to rob the house. Hence, the message warned everyone who received it to be cautious of these people.
Sounds just like a Netflix plot.
The message ends off by encouraging the receivers to send to all their friends, colleagues and loved ones to help them “stay vigilant in this adverse situation.”
SPF Clarifies That Messages Are Fake
According to SPF, the police have not received any report regarding such incidents.
In other words, it is just another fake news.
Which means that if you see this message, you should not be spreading it as it may cause public alarm for no apparent reason.
SPF then stated in the post that the Police take a very serious view of anyone who knowingly spreads these fake information to mislead the public.
They will not hesitate to take action against these people, so if you know of anyone who received this message, you know what to do.
Let them know that its fake, and tell them not to forward it to anyone else.
Also, do remind your uncle and aunties to subscribe to the Gov.sg WhatsApp service to receive real news from WhatsApp.
Reusable Masks Collection Details
Just in case you forgot, reusable masks will be available for collection from 26 May onwards.
You just need your valid identification card and you can proceed to all Community Clubs (CCs) and Residents’ Committee Centres from 26 May to 1 June 2020.
On the other hand, you can also get your masks from vending machines located at all CCs from 26 May to 14 June 2020.
If you miss the first week’s collection date, you can do so at the vending machines. These machines are open for 24 hours, so its pretty convenient for anyone to collect it.
For more information, you can go to https://www.maskgowhere.gov.sg/ to check out the locations of the vending machine and its stocks.
And for the last time: No, no one would deliver the masks to you. You’re not a Sovereign.