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12 cybertips for Year of the Pig

Keep your money and identity safe from hackers this festive season with these handy tips

As we welcome the Year of the Pig, don't count on hackers to be lazy. Instead, expect them to double down on finding new ways to reap unearned rewards.

According to a Singapore Police study, as much as $113 million was lost to scams in just the first nine months of last year. That includes scammers professing their love online (457 people lost $18.1 million); charlatans impersonating government officials (346 cases, $9.4 million cheated); illegal moneylenders (713 people conned of $1.4 million); and e-commerce cheats (1,881 cases, 80 per cent of them through Carousell, with $1.5 million losses).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 30, 2019, with the headline '12 cybertips for Year of the Pig'. Print Edition | Subscribe