STAYING CYBER SAFE
Advice from Mr Kelvin Lew Chee Hoe, security consultant at sgcybersecurity.com
- Do not reuse passwords for your social accounts.
- Adopt two-factor authentication (two-step verification which requires username, password, and an added type of credentials before having access to the account)
- Consider what information to store and share online.
- Configure privacy settings for all social accounts.
- Do not click hyperlinks from any unknown e-mail sources.
- Do not use a simple password; add in symbol characters.
- Reset passwords periodically.
- Additional reporting by Kintan Andanari
- Ignore the calls. Scammers may use caller ID spoofing technology to mask the actual phone number and display a different number. If you receive a suspicious call from a local number, hang up, wait five minutes, then call the number back to check the validity of the request.
- Ignore instructions to remit or transfer money. No government agency will inform you to make a payment through a telephone call, especially to a third party's bank account.
- Refrain from giving out personal information and bank details, whether on websites or to callers over the phone. Personal information and bank details are useful to criminals.
- If you have information related to such crime or if you are in doubt, please call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit the information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness. Please dial '999' if you require urgent police assistance.
- Share this advisory with family and friends to prevent them from being the next scam victim.