Surge In Scam Cases Pushes Up Overall Crime In 2018
The total number of reported crimes increased by 1.4% in 2018 to 33,134 cases, the police said on Wednesday (February 20).
The number of reported scams surged by 20.6% to 5,796 in 2018, compared to 4,805 cases in 2017.
E-commerce scams are the most common scams, with 2,215 cases accounting for almost 37% of all reported scams. 70% of of the e-commerce scams took place on online marketplace Carousell. According to the police, common scams on the platform involved electronic products and tickets to events and attractions.
Other forms of scams, such as fake loans, fraudulent investment schemes, “Chinese officials” impersonation scams and lucky draw scams are on the rise as well.
|Top 10 scams||2017||2018||% change|
|Credit for sex||414||544||+28.7%|
|Business e-mail impersonation||332||378||+13.9%|
|“Chinese officials” impersonation scam||188||302||+60.6%|
|Fraudulent subscription of cellphone lines||77||102||+32.5%|
|Total no. of scams||4,805||5,796||+20.6%|
On the other hand, theft and related crimes decreased by 8.6% to 12,279 cases in 2018. The police said that the decline can be attributed to the their crime prevention efforts that include increased police presence at malls and during peak periods.