Hotel Room Booking Scam – The SPF (Singapore Police Force) have arrested a 45 year old man for suspected involvement in a number of hotel room booking scam cases.
On 28th December, the SPF received a report from a victim who was purportedly cheated by the man for a hotel room booking. The victim had not receive the hotel booking after making payments to the man.
The Police would like to advise members of the public to take the following precautions when making online purchases:
- If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. Purchase only from authorised sellers or reputable sources, especially for high-value items.
- Opt for buyer protection by using in-built payment options that release payment to the seller only upon delivery. Whenever possible, avoid making advance payments or direct bank transfers to the seller as this method does not offer any protection.
- Scammers may entice buyers to contact them directly through messaging platforms such as WhatsApp or WeChat by offering a better or faster deal if bank transfer payments are made directly to them. They may also use a local bank account or provide a copy of a NRIC/driver’s license to make you believe that they are genuine sellers. Do not fall for it!
Please be extremely cautious of clicking unknown SMSes and never give your OTP to anyone, which will put your hard earned money at risk.
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You can read more about Hotel Room Booking Scam at https://www.police.gov.sg/media-room/news/20211229_man_arrested_for_hotel_room_booking_scam