Beware that message from your 'friend' on Facebook

$460k lost to conmen this year in new scam, amid rise in other types of tech-related fraud

New scams have also been on the rise in recent months, including cases where callers impersonated technical support staff.
New scams have also been on the rise in recent months, including cases where callers impersonated technical support staff.PHOTO: AFP

When Ms Tan (not her real name) received a message on Facebook from an account under the name of a former colleague, she did not expect to fall victim to a new scam gaining traction in recent months.

The 20-year-old gave her contact number to the "former colleague" for a Lazada lucky draw.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 31, 2019, with the headline 'Beware that message from your 'friend' on Facebook'. Subscribe