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. PHOTO: AFP
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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