Police Advisory On Online Purchase Scams Involving Sale Of Mobile Phones
Scammers tend to leverage the popularity of upcoming phone releases to cheat victims who are eager to lay their hands on the latest phone models. In 2018, the Police received at least 700 reports of e-commerce scams involving electronics, of which, 68% were attributed to mobile phones. Victims typically fell prey to bogus offers that were advertised on e-commerce platforms and did not receive the phones after payments were made.
Members of the public are advised to adopt the following crime prevention measures:
Don’t be impulsive � Be wary of online advertisements of mobile phones at cheap prices that sound too good to be true. As far as possible, purchase only from authorised sellers. If you are shopping on online platforms, read the reviews of the seller before committing to a purchase.
Don’t believe � Scammers may use a local bank account or provide a copy of an NRIC/driver’s licence to make you believe that they are genuine sellers. Do not fall for it.
Don’t give � Avoid making payments or deposits in advance. If advance payments are required, use shopping platforms or arrangements that release your payment to the seller only upon receipt of the item. Alternatively, arrange to meet the seller prior to making any payment.
Source: Singapore Police Force