20 Feb '11, 2am

Online scams on the rise in Singapore

Online scams on the rise in Singapore

Deal with people you can meet face to face. Never wire funds via money transfer agencies such as Western Union or MoneyGram to someone unknown to you. Do not accept cashier's cheques and money orders when selling online. Banks will honour them but will hold you responsible if these turn out to be fakes. Do not give out personal information like bank account number, identity number or eBay/PayPal account details. Avoid deals involving shipping or escrow services. An escrow agent is a neutral third party that holds documents, money or securities in a transaction until certain conditions, set out as previously agreed, are fulfilled. Do not rent properties or pay for costly items without viewing them. Do not comply with credit or background checks for a job or property until you have met the interviewer, landlord or housing agent. Always submit the rental deposit in a cheque p...

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