Police told the media earlier this month that there has been an increase in the number of reports of people falling victim to scams.
Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam also said in a written reply to Parliament that scams committed over the phone and on social media have more than doubled in a year.
Here are some examples of different types of scams:
- credit-for-sex scams
- Internet love scams
- kidnap hoax scam
There were 2,450 of such scams in 2015, compared to 1,015 the year before.
Here are some recent examples of high-profile scams that have prompted the authorities or affected companies to issue public warnings: