Thursday, 16 May 2019

Warning: More than S$14,000 cheated from Instagram users in fake Lazada campaigns

There have been 14 reports of scams linked to fake Lazada campaigns on Instagram and at least S$14,000 have been lost to fraudsters, the police said.

The culprits would impersonate as the friends or followers of the Instagram users, telling them to sign up for campaigns by online shopping site Lazada to win money.

In a press release on Tuesday (May 14), the police alerted that common campaign names used include “Lazada Campaign”, “Lazada Raffle”, “Lazada Gift Money” and “Lazada Lucky Draw”.

They would ask the victims for their contact numbers, photos of their credit or debit cards as well as the one-time passwords from their bank accounts to carry out fraudulent transactions. The victims later realised that they were deceived after discovering unauthorised card transactions on their accounts.


Exceptional people: 3 people lauded for helping victims or the police

(From left) Recipients of the Community Partnership Award and Public Spiritedness Award include Ms Sitti Nahida, Madam Chan Mee Lian and Mr Foo Kong Soon Sam. Source: TNP

Mr Foo Kong Soon Sam, a security supervisor at the International Merchandising Mart (IMM), pulled a lady to safety from the ledge of IMM sixth-storey carpark. Mr Foo represented IMM in receiving the Community Partnership Award.

Public Spiritedness Awards were also awarded to two members of the public for assisting the SPF in two separate cases.

Ms Sitti Nahida, a senior care associate at Jamiyah Nursing Home, called the police when she saw a man scratching the side of vehicles and trying to unlock their doors.

The other award recipient was Madam Chan Mee Lian, a service officer from OCBC bank, who stopped a woman in her 60s from transferring $32,500 and becoming a victim of a love scam.


The secret of a successful marriage

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With so much pressure on modern couples, many find their lives falling into different timetables and routines.

Sharing mealtimes is not always easy – but a report says it’s as important as a good sex life for long-term happiness.

The study by the Marriage Foundation found that more couples who eat together say they are happy with each other than those who routinely eat apart – 67% as opposed to 58%.

Foundation chairman Sir Paul Coleridge, a retired High Court judge, said neglect and boredom were the biggest relationship-killers and taking the time to eat together ‘is vital to ensuring to communicate properly, undistracted by screens, and surely every bit as important as sex’.


CO2 levels hit historic high sounding new climate change alarm

Scientists in the US have detected the highest levels of planet-warming carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere since records began, sounding new alarm over the relentless rise of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

The Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, which has tracked atmospheric CO2 levels since the late 1950s, on Saturday morning detected 415.26 parts per million (ppm).

It was the first time on record that the observatory measured a daily baseline above 415 ppm.

The last time Earth's atmosphere contained this much CO2 was more than three million years ago, when global sea levels were several metres higher and parts of the Antarctica were blanketed in forest.