S'porean student loses $14,000 after scam calls from 'bank'

Police raising awareness among store staff about credit love scams, which involve getting the victim to buy top-up cards. The record number of scams reported last year pushed the overall crime rate to its highest since 2009. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
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SINGAPORE - When she received a call from someone claiming to be from her bank's anti-fraud team, the Singaporean student panicked.

Alone in Britain, Christina (not her real name) was convinced by the caller that her primary account was compromised, and that she should move all her money into her secondary account for safe-keeping.

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