Eightfold spike in number of banking phone scams reported to police in January

The phone scams may be received as regular phone calls or SMS, or via instant messaging apps such as Viber and WhatsApp. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER
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SINGAPORE - The number of banking scam calls or messages increased sharply here last month, with 105 cases reported to the police in January compared with 38 for the previous three months combined.

The figures the police provided on Wednesday (Feb 26) represent an almost eightfold increase compared with the monthly average of about 13 each for last October, November and December.

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