The time of the straits
May 11, 2022
More than 50 victims have been defrauded of at least $430,000 through employment scams this month, police said Wednesday (May 11th).
They received unsolicited forged messages sent by e-commerce platforms offering job opportunities.
These messages usually arrived via SMS, WhatsApp, or other social media platforms and touted simple, yet high-paying jobs related to affiliate marketing.
For example, they could be paid $2 for each product liked.
However, victims would first have to open an account on a spoofed website resembling Lazada, a reputable online shopping site, before they can start earning commissions.
Victims were allowed to withdraw their initial commissions, which made the scam more legitimate.
After withdrawing these commissions, the victims would be promised commissions of up to 30% if they purchased items from the website.
However, to make the purchase, they would have to transfer money to bank accounts belonging to strangers.
These victims would eventually discover that they had been scammed when they were unable to withdraw from their accounts or when the spoofed Lazada website was taken down.
Police said Wednesday that Lazada does not recruit via text, WhatsApp or Telegram.
He added, “Lazada will also not direct you to any third-party website or ask for your personal information to register for jobs.”
The public should also not download apps from unverified sources and send money to people they do not know personally.
Police have reminded the public not to accept dodgy job offers that promise lucrative returns for minimal effort.
Employment scams were the most prevalent form of scams last year, with more than 4,550 cases reported and at least $91 million lost.
Those with information regarding such scams can call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000 or submit a report on the iWitness website.