New website launched to protect Singaporeans against online scams

The website, www.scamalert.sg, was launched by the police and the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) as part of an anti-scam public education campaign on Friday. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM SCAMALERT.SG
The website, www.scamalert.sg, was launched by the police and the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) as part of an anti-scam public education campaign on Friday. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM SCAMALERT.SG

SINGAPORE - Members of the public can visit a new website with anecdotes on common scams to better protect themselves against such crimes.

The website, www.scamalert.sg, was launched by the police and the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) as part of an anti-scam public education campaign on Friday. As part of the campaign, the police and NCPC also organised roadshows at various locations islandwide.

According to police statistics, there were 504 cases of cheating involving e-commerce for the first half of this year, up from 96 cases for the same period last year.

"Unlike other crimes where vigilant neighbours or members of the public can keep a lookout for one another, online scammers strike when victims are in the cyber world. Therefore, the most effective way to prevent such crimes is to increase awareness and remind all the need to be vigilant when in cyberspace," said NCPC chairman Tan Kian Hoon.

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