Scam alert: Victims lose over $7,000 after buying fake "Grab / Uber promotional packages"

Scam alert: Victims lose over $7,000 after buying fake "Grab / Uber promotional packages"
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Scams in Singapore are going up a whole new level.

This time, private car hire apps like Grab and Uber have been targeted.

Since last week, the Police have received at least nine reports where victims were cheated into purchasing "Grab / Uber promotional packages".

The total amount cheated is at least $7,700, the Police added.

Investigations revealed that victims first came across these packages through word of mouth. They were asked to contact the seller via Whatsapp and instructed to transfer money to bank accounts to purchase the packages.

After making payment, victims were unable to redeem the rides and the seller became uncontactable subsequently.

If it's too good to be true, then it probably is.

The Police has issued an advisory, informing the public to purchase rides only from official sources.

Anyone with more information on this crime is requested to call the Police Hotline at 1800-255-0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.

debwong@sph.com.sg

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