Singapore Police Force (SPF) wrote a Facebook post on Wednesday (4 April), alerting members of the public of a fraud through an SMS which says that their loved ones had been kidnapped.
The police stated that they have received numerous reports from members of the public, saying that the SMSes also asked for money to be transferred to a bank account to ensure the safety of their loved ones.
The counterfeiter usually threaten members of the public not to lodge any police report, saying, "If you report police, I will rape your daughter."
The police advised members of the public to remain calm and do not transfer any money as instructed by the SMSes, contact the loved one immediately to confirm their safety, and never reply to the SMS. Block and report the number as spam.
The police then urges members of the public who would like to provide any information relating to such cases, to call the Police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit information online. Please dial ‘999’ if you require urgent Police assistance.