Police ‘scam’ shoppers at Jurong Points to raise anti-scam awareness

Booths were set up in Jurong Point earlier this year as Singapore Police Force created a campaign to raise anti-scam awareness.

Shoppers were told they could buy “any brand and any size” of shoe for $30 from the booth.

Shoppers were seen flocking towards the booth to know more about the deal.

The staffs were telling them that they can pick up any of the shoes from the booth no matter the size or brand, for just $30.

Several of them paid up right away realizing the bargain they are getting, only a handful rejected.

Those who paid up were moved to the back room, where the organizers revealed that this was an event created by the police to raise online scam awareness.

A screengrab of the video.

A video of their experiences was captured and posted on the Facebook page of Bukit Batok neighborhood police centre (NPC).

Many commented positively that the video is an effective way to warn shoppers to be cautious when they are shopping online.

The video was among a series of initiatives launched by the Jurong Police Division’s anti-scam awareness programme.

Mr Murali Pillai, Member of Parliament for Bukit Batok SMC, attended the roadshow held at West Mall.

The “sale” was held during the widely-known “new year discount period”, whereby the majority of the store both online and physical are promoting discounts.

The video captured many shoppers signing up for the promotion without much hesitation.

One was asking about return policy but was assured by the staff to not worry about it, and paid up.

Another asked if he was able to skip the sign-up but was told “It’s only $30. You’re not going to find this anywhere else.”. He passed up the offer.

Shoppers who were then lead to a dark room, the campaign was revealed to them with a video by the police anti-scam programme.

They were then greeted by the Bukit Batok NPC team leader, who then explained to them that the majority of scams happened in Singapore were involving e-commerce platforms.

The victims were mostly between the age of 22 to 49 years old.

1,961 cases of e-commerce scams were filed with total monitory loss of over $1.4 million. The largest single transaction was $60,700.

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