SINGAPORE – He had saved up $90,000 for his child’s university fees, but lost the staggering sum in a phishing scam.
Recalling the incident which took place last year, Superintendent of Police Michelle Tay, the head of the Anti-Scam Centre, noted how emotionally vulnerable victims can be in the aftermath of a scam.
Speaking to The Straits Times on the second episode of the Stop Scams podcast which will be broadcast on Wednesday (March 30), Supt Tay said: “He (the victim) definitely felt very guilty for not being vigilant. But what was encouraging was that his family was very supportive and managed to help him out of this.”
The Stop Scams podcast is a new series by The Straits Times to raise greater public awareness of the modern scourge of scams in Singapore and globally.
During the second episode, Supt Tay revealed how there has been a shift in scammers moving their ill-gotten gains to avoid the authorities.
She said: “In the past, they use scam…