Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Scam warning: Beware of e-mail scams

Email impersonation scams, which affect companies that correspond with other companies via email to transact and transfer funds, were flagged by the police yesterday in its release of mid-year crime statistics.

Scammers posed as company's client in an e-mail to company and added purchase order (PO) to client's original e-mail. The company, without confirming with client, transferred the money to scammers. When subsequently confirmed with client that there is no such PO issued by them, it will be too late.

There were 160 such cases in the first half of this year, an increase of about 29% from the same period last year. The total amount that was swindled also grew by 25.9%, from S$17.4 million in the first half of last year to S$21.9 million this year.


Exceptional people: Negative blood donors shore up national stockpile, more donors needed

Blood donors Eddy Tho and Paul S. Nef have Rhesus negative blood types and make up only 1.5 per cent of the donor population. Image source: tnp
He donated blood as a teenager in Taiwan in the early 70s after his friend was hit by a vehicle while cycling.

After moving to Singapore in 1995, Mr Paul S. Nef, 64, who has the rare A-negative blood type, continues donating blood every 3 months.

Sales manager Eddy Tho, 39, has the rarest type O-negative blood, which is known as the "universal donor" type because it can be donated to anyone, especially in emergencies when the patient's blood cannot be determined in time.

Mr Tho has been donating blood three to four times a year.

The Singapore Red Cross (SRC) hopes people with rare blood types can donate more to increase the pool as donors with rare blood type makes up only 1.5% of the donor population.


World's first diabetes app will be able to check glucose levels without drawing a drop of blood

The world's first health app could monitor people's glucose levels without breaking the skin - a development which has been described as the 'holy grail' in diabetes care.

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Users will only have to place one fingertip over the camera lens of their smartphone, the London-based firm has stated. A series of close-up images are taken which accurately show information about the user's blood flow.

These are then sent to the cloud for analysis and can provide feedback on all kinds of vital information - from heart rate to temperature to blood pressure.

Developers say the app will be available to download - free of charge - on Android smartphone devices and iOS at the end of this year.


News: Free fitness classes at Kranji MRT Plaza

A community mass walk event at the Singapore Racecourse at Kranji. Image for illustration only. Source: tnp
Every Tuesday from next week, FREE complimentary fitness sessions, led by professional personal trainers and include the likes of Bolly Dazz, Hip Hop, Kpop X Fitness, Zumba, will be held at the Kranji MRT Plaza, courtesy of the Singapore Turf Club (STC).

The action-packed classes will be held between 5.30pm and 6.45pm at the STC - Kranji MRT Plaza.

Bottled water will be provided for all participants.

Pre-registration is not required. The public can simply walk in to join.