SINGAPORE – The police have issued a warning to the public to be on their guard when they receive text messages saying that their loved ones have been abducted.
The text messages also ask to transfer money to a bank account to ensure their safety, the police said in a statement on Monday (August 20).
One of these text messages read: "I kidnap your daughter, if you want your daughter to be safe. Now banking in $ 5000 … NOT (SIC) REPORT POLICE, YOU REPORT I WILL KILL IT."
The police added that they have received countless reports from members of the public.
The Straits Times understands that there was a wave of about 100 reports on such cases from Monday morning (20 August). No details about the location were given.
A similar opinion was issued by the police in April.
If someone receives such messages, they must take the following measures:
– Stay calm and do not transfer money as instructed by the text message & # 39;
– Contact your loved one immediately to confirm their safety;
– Do not answer the SMS. Block and report the number as spam.
For information on such cases, call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000 or provide information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness