Scan or get scammed

With online scams on the rise, it helps to be vigilant on social media and online to stay safe

It all started with a WhatsApp message from a close friend, but it led to Madam Alison Chong losing access to her WhatsApp account for 12 hours last month.

"She said she had accidentally sent her verification code to me and asked if I could send it back to her," recounted Madam Chong.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 12, 2020, with the headline 'Scan or get scammed'. Print Edition | Subscribe