There are scammers out there who have tried to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some pretended to sell masks and sanitisers and disappeared after collecting payment. Or they claimed to be officials from the Ministry of Health or gave fake information on payouts disbursed by the Government to trick you into handing over your personal banking details.
Ways to protect yourself
Criminals always come up with new ruses.
Remember these important tips:
Government officials or bank officers will never call you to ask you for your personal information, such as your bank account details. You do not have to pay a deposit or fee in order to get the benefits you are entitled to.
Never share your banking information, such as your User IDs, Personal Identification Numbers, and One-Time Passwords (OTPs) with anyone. Enable instant notification (SMS or email alerts) for all banking transactions. If you spot something amiss, call your bank immediately.
Have you spotted an interesting investment opportunity? Always Ask, Check, Confirm before committing to buy or invest.
Keep up to date of the latest information, updates and new types of scams by reading the news and visiting the National Crime Prevention Council’s (NCPC) website on scams.
Report potential scams you come across to the Police at 1800-255-0000. You could also help others by becoming a Crime Prevention Ambassador.
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