25 Oct '11, 10am

Online dating scam: Woman told to deposit S$14,000 to secure the release of an American man she met online

SINGAPORE - A 34-year-old woman was asked to transfer about S$14,000 to someone's bank account to secure the release of a friend she met on a dating website. But sensing something was amiss, the woman called police first to check and found out it was a scam. Both Police and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority do not require the transfer of monies into bank accounts for the release of any person being detained. The woman was at the airport to meet the friend, who claimed to be an American travelling to Singapore to visit her after their online meeting. But when she turned up at Changi Airport on Oct 21, she received a call from a man claiming to be an immigration officer, informing her that her American friend had been detained for bringing large sums of money into Singapore. The caller then told her to transfer about S$14,000 to a bank account urgently to secure his re...

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