Singapore Police Force (SPF) has issued an advisory to warn members of the public of SMSes (Short Message Service) claiming the kidnap of their loved ones.
In a Facebook post on Monday (20 August), the Police stated that it has received numerous reports from members of the public informing that they have received SMSes citing their loved ones had been kidnapped. The SMSes also asked for money to be transferred to a bank account to ensure the safety of their loved ones.
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 not reply to the SMS and block and report the number as spam.
"If you wish to provide any information relating to such cases, please call the Police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit information online. Please dial ‘999’ if you require urgent Police assistance," it added.
In a comment section, one of the netizens, Ms Kim Hakuro, wrote that he just received such SMS, adding the picture of the SMS.
Mr Edmun D Lim responded to the post, writing, "Just need to put this out there. The number is +92 country code (Pakistan). It isn't +65 9220xxxx. In case anyone wanna call the wrong number."