+65 calls? Could this be a scam call?
Caller: “How long should I wait for you to pick up your food! You idiot! you ordered all these foods, and you are not here! Transfer me $800 for all the food you ordered!”
Me: “I think you had called the wrong person.”
Then, there was a click, and the call went dead. I was flabbergasted. Fear and anxiety welled up inside of me upon hearing the words thrown in a rage towards me by an unknown person.
We’ve all been in that position whereby simply answering a dodgy call, the person on the other end begins blabbering or demanding. Though what seems to be a scam call, the results can be devastating, from losing hundreds of thousands of dollars to feeling helplessness and trauma. Scams of any type, target our sense of trust and emotions. As scams affect people of all walks of life, we must learn to recognise the signs of scams before another scam call rings up.
How do you tell if a call is fake before you pick up?
Vishing involves phone scam calls by scammers impersonating to be an authentic person, organization, or government service to gain your trust. These scams rely on urgency and hope you’ll give them what they want when you’re in panic. Never answer a call from an unknown caller. All overseas calls start with a “+” symbol which will send out the sign you’re receiving a call from abroad at once. Conversely, to prevent the confusion with calls from Singapore, domestic calls no longer commence with “+65”.
How do you identify if a call is fake based on the caller’s response?
Scammers love to tingle your sense of craving by luring you into lottery win, low-interest loans, and attractive gifts. The rule of thumb is, the deals they often put forth sound too good to be true, which creates suspicion. Despite what they perceive to offer, scammers will need your financial details such as bank account numbers, passwords or One-Time-Pin or may request for immediate payment for the services rendered over the call.
Scam requests to watch out for:
- Pay money such as cash
- Provide information such as bank account number, One-Time-Pin
- Press a website via a link such as log into an account
- Download an app or file such as anti-virus app or any malicious software
Upon coming across any of these signs when being contacted stay calm, hang up immediately and if you have shared any personal information, instantly file a complaint with the police. Stay vigilant and learn to recognise these tell-tale signs.