Public education efforts on scams: Police

Public education efforts on scams: Police
NABBED: A man in his 20s, suspected of being a money mule, being arrested by the police in a sting operation.

We thank Mr Jeffrey Law Lee Beng for his letter ("Educate public on lottery scams"; Forum Online, Sept 4).

The police have been working proactively with the grassroots and stakeholders to provide public education on the different types of scams, including lottery scams.

Roadshows are held regularly by the neighbourhood police centres at community events to share crime prevention messages with residents directly.

Educational posters incorporating the same advisories are placed at bus stop panels, MRT stations, remittance agencies and banks. A significant number of attempted scam cases have been foiled through the timely intervention of vigilant employees from remittance agencies and banks.

The police also leverage various broadcast and social media platforms such as Crimewatch, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to maximise our outreach efforts.

We also work closely with the National Crime Prevention Council, which has more than 100 Crime Prevention Ambassadors (CPAs) who give talks to the public at community and school events on the various types of crime, including lottery scams. To reach out to senior citizens, the CPAs - many of whom are senior citizens themselves - conduct their talks in various dialects. Last year, these CPAs conducted more than 130 talks and reached out to about 56,000 members of the public.

We remind the public to stay vigilant against these scams. To find out more about the latest scams, the public can visit the police's microsite on scams at www.police.gov.sg/advisories/scams.html

Ho Yenn Dar (Superintendent)

Assistant Director (Public Communications)

Singapore Police Force

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