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Previous scams

1 FAKE TELEVISION SHOW SCAM

A man conned a bean-curd stall owner of $5,000 in June 2012. He was sentenced to two weeks' jail this month.

He had claimed he could help promote her stall on a television show on Channel 8.

His scam was exposed when he stopped contacting her after the payments were made, and gave various excuses for when she called him a month later.

2 'EVIL SPIRITS' SCAM

Two Chinese nationals who conned a pair of elderly women out of their life savings with tales of evil spirits and hospitalised children, were jailed a total of more than eight years in June.

Li Lianying, 50, and Li Peng, 45, had been part of a five-member group who came to Singapore specifically to prey on the old and vulnerable, a court heard.

They cheated two elderly part-time cleaners of around $440,000.

3 PAYPAL SCAM

There were 27 cases of an online scam recently, in which victims were duped of around $33,000 after receiving fake e-mail notifications.

The scammers posed as online payment giant PayPal and sent the e-mails to sellers on various e-commerce sites, pretending that payments had been made for fake transactions.

The sellers then shipped goods such as dresses, mobile phone accessories and bags to the overseas address given.