Home Briefs: Online scams result in over 20 police reports

Online scams result in over 20 police reports

More than 20 reports of unauthorised charges to people's credit cards as a result of online scams have been made since January, said police yesterday.

Victims provided credit- or debit-card details to buy software to fix a purported virus infection on computers.

Users would see a pop-up message on their computer screens suggesting that their computers had been infected with a virus, or their passwords and information might have been leaked.

They were given a toll-free telephone number they could use to call "Microsoft" to resolve the issue. Those who made the call ended up speaking to operators who claimed they were employed by Wetechconsultants, Microsoft or Apple.

The victims were asked to download an application from a website or enter commands. This gave the scammers remote access to their computers.

The scammers also told victims to buy "anti-virus software" to fix the computer, asking for personal particulars - such as their NRIC numbers - and credit- or debit-card details.

7 hurt in Woodlands chain collision

Seven people, aged 10 to 35, were sent to hospital after an accident in Woodlands yesterday morning. The chain collision, involving two cars and two lorries, happened along Woodlands Avenue 5 shortly before 6am.

Five people, aged between 16 and 35, were taken to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, while two children, aged 10 and 11, were taken to KK Women's and Children's Hospital. All seven were conscious.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2017, with the headline 'Home Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe