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SCAM: 154 people lost $7.1 million to computer tech support scam

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SCAM: 154 people lost $7.1 million to computer tech support scam

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The technical support scam has made a comeback. Since January this year, 154 people have been deceived, involving amounts totalling up to $7.1 million.

The Singapore Police Force and the Singapore Cyber ​​Security Agency of Singapore issued a joint statement on April 26, saying that tech support scams under the guise of assisting victims with computer or wireless network problems have made a comeback in recent days. Since January this year, 154 people have been defrauded of $7.1 million in all.

The two scam methods used

The first method: A pop-up window appears on the victim’s computer browser, with a warning message indicating that the computer is under attack, and the victim is asked to contact software providers such as Microsoft and is provided with a helpline. This number is usually in the form of +653159 (XXXX), which victims mistakenly believe is a real local helpline, when in fact they are being called by a scammer posing as a technician.

The second method: The victim receives an unfamiliar phone call, and the scammer pretends to be a network service provider such as Singtel, claiming that the victim’s wireless network has been hacked, so they have called to help. Scammers sometimes pretend to be police officers or Cyber ​​Security Agency investigators, claiming suspicious transfers in victims’ bank accounts and even use account renaming scams to send emails from spoofed email accounts to the victims with emails like…

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