Scam E-mails Announcing Lottery Prize, Circulating, Warns Singaporean Police
Police in Singapore recently issued an alert for the public regarding a lottery fraud wherein scam e-mails posing as messages from SPF (Singapore Police Force) were being circulated; published channelnewsasia.com dated July 11, 2013. There is also SPF's logo inside the spam mail for making the message seem increasingly authentic; observes SPF.
Actually, on 10th July 2013, a recipient of the e-mail reported to the Singaporean Police stating that the message, apparently from an airline firm, notified him that he was the winner of a lottery worth a more than USD100,000 prize money.
After some time, however, the complainant got one more e-mail, supposedly dispatched from the SPF carrying the institution's logo. That e-mail confirmed that he had really won the prize from the airline's firm's sweepstake event.
Nonetheless, the SPF formally stated that the e-mail was part of a scam that cyber-criminals ran.
It added that the institution didn't approve any lucky draws else private sales canvassing, while wanted to reiterate to everyone for being aware of such fraudulent electronic mails. It advised people to overlook such e-mails as well as simply erase the same.
The Police through its advisory indicated certain things to follow. One, recipients of such e-mails can dial 999 of the Police for instantly informing it regarding their case. Two, they mustn't give their personal information else bank account particulars online to individuals they don't know. Three, they mustn't pay anything as advance towards claiming any cash prize, as a winner of a lottery or lucky draw doesn't require paying anything as advance. And finally, it's only pertinent to ignore the kind of notifications, particularly if one didn't buy a lottery game ticket else take part in one.
Besides according to the Police, SPF regarded such e-mail frauds with severity since otherwise the general people's faith in the institution could get undermined.
Meanwhile the SPF additionally stated that people could find further information about more scam techniques as well as their related advisories on crime prevention at www.spf.gov.sg the official website of the SPF alternatively at www.cad.gov.sg the website for the Department of Commercial Affairs.
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