S’pore Remains 1 of the Safest Countries in the World But Number of Scam Cases Has Increased

Latest Articles

Google Might Come Out With a Foldable Pixel Phone Later This Year

Remember the times where you use the power of force/gravity to flip your phone? You can now do that to...

47 Activists Charged For Conspiracy to Commit Subversion in Hong Kong

With everything that's happening in Myanmar, you thought you would not hear about Hong Kong's activists again - until...

12 COVID-19 Cases Today (1 Mar); All Are Imported

Unlike last year, we marched into March with goody news in 2021. As of 12pm today (1 March), the Ministry...

HSA Warns About 2 Products Sold Online in S’pore As They Contain Banned Substance

Most of us would feel that exercising under the hot sun can be a rather dreadful task. But no pain,...

SAF Revamping PES System & Will Be Giving New Vocations for NSFs

For those who've gone through National Service (NS), the following might be a familiar scenario. You and your friends just...

Say whatever you want about Singapore, one thing you can’t deny is how safe this country is.

I mean, even in the midst of a pandemic, Singapore’s still the second-safest place to live in the entire world.

And, of course, where else in the world can a young girl walk outside alone at night, counting $1,000 notes?

But, just because there’s low crime, doesn’t mean there’s no crime.

And in 2020, you’ll notice a very interesting trend in Singapore.

S’pore Remains 1 of the Safest Countries in the World But Number of Scam Cases Has Increased

On 18 Feb 2021, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) released an infographic on their Twitter account.

If you pay attention to the infographic, you’ll notice that overall, the crime rate in Singapore has increased last year.

However, it’s all because of one type of crime: Scams.

Without including scams, the overall crime rate in Singapore (consisting of offences like theft, breaking and entering, etc) actually fell by 15.3%.

When you include scams, however, the overall crime rate increases by 6.5%.

Over S$200 Million Cheated in Scams

Over the course of 2020, 15,756 scam cases were reported to the police.

S$201.20 million were cheated by the top 10 scams.

The top scams of concern in 2020 are:

  • E-commerce Scams (increased by 19.1%): S$6.9 million cheated
  • Social Media Impersonation Scams (increased by 282.9%): S$5.5 million cheated
  • Loan Scams (increased by 13.7%): S$14.5 million cheated
  • Banking-related Phishing Scams (increased by 1577.5%: S$5.8 million cheated

If you can read between the lines, while loan scams increased by the lowest, the damage caused by one case can be pretty high.

A cybercrime that’s worthy of mention in 2020 is Cyber Extortion, which increased by 260.3%.


The Terrifying Side Of Scams

A survey by the Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre (HTBSC) also found that it is possible for a person to be scammed multiple times.

  • 4,043 Singaporeans and permanent residents were polled in the survey.
  • 60% of them said they encounter scams on an average of 3.17 times per month.
  • 7% said they were scam victims, but that’s not the surprising part.
  • Nearly half of them were young and working adults between the age of 20 and 39 years old.

That’s right, young people are just as susceptible to scams..

Here are some common factors among the scam victims:

  • Tend to click on pop-up advertisements on websites
  • Open e-mails from unknown sources
  • Don’t understand what safe online practices is all about
  • Believed that the authorities will send emails or text messages with links for them to click on
  • Shared their passwords and OTPs
  • Lack of knowledge on scam tactics and financial literacy
  • Lack of social support from family and friends.

Unfortunately, there’s no vaccine or immunity response available, unlike Covid-19.

On a separate note, if you’re an iPhone user, how about downloading the government app that can help protect against scams?

Feature Image: August Phunitiphat / Shutterstock.com / SPF

How much can you earn from delivering food with foodpanda in Singapore? We tried it out for you, and the amount is apparently not what we’ve expected:

Like writing? Goody Feed is looking for writers! Click here for more info!