Have you seen online job ads seeking would-be male social escorts? In this type of job scam, victims responding to these ads are told they would be introduced to rich female clients – but only after they pay a registration fee. However, after paying up, the scammers tell the victims that they need to pay other fees such as insurance and membership, before disappearing with the money.
In this latest variation of a job scam, scammers put up online job ads for assistant purchasers, stock takers or participants for a system trial on popular classified websites like Gumtree. Participants are asked to reveal their personal details such as name, I/C, handphone number, handphone's security code or one-time password (OTP). Such information allows scammers to access the victims' mobile lines to purchase online credits.
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR
- Be suspicious of employers that require upfront payment before you start work
- Be wary of job offers that promise high returns for little effort
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
- Ignore job advertisements of a dubious nature
- Be wary of job offers that promise high returns for very little effort
- Do not share personal information including One-Time Password (OTP) sent to your mobile phone or transfer money to any stranger whom you have not met before.
- Contact the Police if you are a victim
Source: Scam Alert Singapore