Saturday, 15 June 2019

Scam warning: Close to a third of Singaporeans scammed or nearly scammed when booking a holiday online

Nearly a third of Singaporeans said they have been scammed — or nearly scammed — when booking a holiday online, based on a survey by American cybersecurity firm McAfee released on Wednesday (June 12).

The firm also found that the top holiday destinations for Singaporeans which hackers are targeting through malicious sites include:
  • Taipei, Taiwan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Bali, Indonesia
  • Hong Kong
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Kyoto, Japan

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Online crime-busters recognised for fight against e-commerce scams

SSS Eric Low (left), ASP Clara Wong and ASP Esh Jegadeeshwaran Wadarajan (right) are part of the E-Commerce Fraud Enforcement and Coordination Team recognised on Jun 12, 2019 for their efforts fighting online scams

If anyone has a keen insight on how today’s online scammers operate, it would be ASP Esh. After all, he is one of seven police officers who were brought together to form the E-Commerce Fraud Enforcement and Coordination Team (E-FECT) within the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) last November.

E-FECT was formed amid a backdrop of rising e-commerce scams. According to the latest crime figures, e-commerce scams increased by 11.4% to 2,125 cases and the total amount cheated increased to about S$1.9 million in 2018. Common scams involved electronic products and tickets to events and attractions, police added.

The lean team has made an immediate contribution: It arrested 26 e-commerce scammers and solved more than 230 such scams within the first two months of formation. In fact, its efforts resulted in a team commendation award at this year’s Commissioner of Police’s Commendation Ceremony held on Wednesday.

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NUH cures patient of Hepatitis B by stopping medication in new trial

Mr Arfan Awaloeddin was suffering from Hepatitis B for about 30 years, but in May this year, he was cured.

All he had to do was stop taking his medication.

The 49-year-old Indonesian is part of a National University Hospital (NUH) study that seeks to find out if Hepatitis B patients carrying a low amount of the markers of the viral infection have the best chances of being cured by stopping medication.

Hepatitis B is a viral infection that affects the liver and was estimated to have been present in 180,000 people in Singapore in 2010, according to the latest figures available.

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Forum: 'Choping' more seats than needed is the real problem

I commend Mr Terence Lim for boldly defending our "choping" culture (Recognise 'choping' as S'pore culture, June 12).

The "choping" culture has evolved from a need in our crowded hawker centres and can be adopted by just about anyone.

This makes it a fair system as well as a practical one.

The only thing needed to improve the culture is to ensure that diners do not "chope" more seats than they need.

Very often, people "over-chope" so that they can have the entire table for themselves.

In short, it is not the "choping" culture that is the problem but, rather, the inconsiderate culture that needs to be improved.

Ho San Cheow