SINGAPORE: Numerous reports were submitted by members of the public via SMS messages claiming their loved ones were kidnapped, the police said in an opinion on Monday, August 20.
The recipients of these SMS messages were asked to transfer money to a bank account to "ensure the safety of their loved ones," the police added.
Those who receive such messages must remain calm and not transfer money that has been instructed by the messages, police said.
They must also prevent them from answering the text messages, blocking the number and reporting as spam and contacting their loved ones immediately to confirm their safety.
Those with information about such cases can contact the police hotline on 1800-255-0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.
Members of the public can also call 999 for urgent police assistance.