Teen in SG paid S$350,000 to scammers who duped his parents into thinking he was kidnapped; man arrested

The Singapore Police Force said the scammers, who pretended to be police officers from China, threatened the victim’s parents with the video the victim had made on their instructions, claiming their son had been kidnapped. — AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

SINGAPORE: An 18-year-old boy was duped into transferring more than S$350,000 (RM1.07mil) to scammers before recording a video of himself with his hands placed behind his back to send to the scammers.

In a statement on Monday (Nov 22), the Singapore Police Force (SPF) police said the scammers, who pretended to be police officers from China, then used the video to threaten the victim’s parents, claiming he had been kidnapped.

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