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6 in 10 People in Singapore Have Encountered a Scam – Don’t Fall for the Scammers’ Tricks!
How to avoid getting scammed – a handy pictorial guide.

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Scams can take all forms, from robo-calls to the proverbial deal that’s just too good to be true. And scams have become more common lately as we carry out more of our daily transactions online.

This week, the Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre (HTBSC) shared the findings from its National Prevalence Survey of Scams. Conducted online between August and September 2020, the survey garnered responses from 4,043 Singaporean citizens and Permanent Residents, which helped HTBSC to learn more about the attitudes and behaviours that make us more vulnerable to scams. Here are the top takeaways!

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Keeping Singapore Safe and Secure in 2020
According to the Singapore Police Force (SPF), overall crime in 2020 increased by 6.5% due to a rise in scam cases. In particular, online scams saw a significant increase as Singaporeans carried out more online transactions due to the COVID-19 situation. Excluding scams, the total number of reported crimes decreased by 15.3%.

SPF Crime Brief 2020
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Check out SPF’s Crime Brief 2020

Anti-scam Tool-kit
- Your essential one-stop guide to fighting scams: ScamAlert
- Download the ScamShield app
- The Ultimate Survival Guide to Scams
- Together as One: Safeguarding Singapore from Scams
© 2019 Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore. All Rights Reserved.


  1. by Desmond Ang
  2. 16 February 2021
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