Police issue warning against new job scam involving fake mobile app ‘Shopee Pay’

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SINGAPORE: A new job scam involving a fake mobile utility known as “Shopee Pay” has seen not less than 11 victims cheated of about S$53,000 since December.

In the scam, victims had been invited to take part in jobs that promised fee earnings by means of the sale of merchandise through the applying, police mentioned in a information launch on Friday (Jan 7).

“Shopee Pay” is unrelated to the e-commerce platform Shopee, which mentioned its e-wallet function ShopeePay is accessible solely on its official utility.

“In these cases, victims were typically introduced to the ‘job’ by friends or after being approached on social media platforms,” police mentioned.

They would then be instructed to obtain the fake utility by means of a web site handle given to them.

“To fulfil ‘job’ requirements and to transact within the fake mobile application, the victims would be instructed to deposit funds into their ‘Shopee Pay’ accounts by purchasing cryptocurrency and transferring them to cryptocurrency wallet addresses indicated within the application,” police added.

“In some instances, the cryptocurrency would be purchased through peer-to-peer (P2P) transactions via bank transfer or PayNow, before being transferred to the scammers’ cryptocurrency wallets.”

After finishing the transactions, the fake mobile utility would mirror that funds had been obtainable to victims for his or her “jobs”.

They would then earn fee from finishing orders, which might then be mirrored throughout the utility.

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