Android malware scam victims lost more than S$10 million in first half of 2023: Police

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According to a news release by the Singapore Police Force on September 13, 2023, more than 750 cases of Android malware scam were reported in the first half of 2023, with total losses amounting to at least S$10 million (US$7.35 million). Eleven of these cases involved unauthorised withdrawals of Central Provident Fund (CPF) savings, with a net loss of about S$130,000.

The scams typically involve victims being tricked into downloading a malicious app, which then steals their personal and financial information. The information is then used to make unauthorized transactions, such as withdrawing money from bank accounts or making online purchases.

The police have urged Android users to be vigilant and to take steps to protect themselves from malware scams, such as:

  • Only download apps from trusted sources, such as the Google Play Store.
  • Be wary of clicking on links in unsolicited messages.
  • Keep your Android device’s operating system and apps up to date.
  • Use a security app to scan your device for malware.

If you think you have been a victim of an Android malware scam, you should contact the police immediately.

Here are some additional tips to help you avoid falling victim to Android malware scams:

  • Be suspicious of any app that asks for too many permissions, such as access to your contacts, photos, or location.
  • Do not install apps that have low ratings or reviews.
  • Read the app’s permissions carefully before installing it.
  • Keep your antivirus software up to date.
  • Be careful about what information you share online.

By following these tips, you can help protect yourself from Android malware scams.

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