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The Singapore Police Force on Tuesday (April 13) warned of a new type of scam targeting delivery personnel from parcel and food delivery companies.
As part of the scam, victims would first receive a cash-on-delivery order via their company’s delivery mobile application.
Under the pretext of making payment for the delivery, the scammers would then ask for the victims’ mobile phone numbers via the delivery app, claiming that this was to transfer the money to them via PayLah!. PayLah! is an e-payment app used by DBS and POSB banks.
The victims would receive a one-time password (OTP) and would be prompted to log in to their PayLah! accounts and key in the password, under the impression that it was required in order to receive the payments.
They would then receive a notification that their PayLah! accounts had been linked to a Google Pay account.
“Upon reaching the delivery location, the victims would realise that there is no one to receive the delivery,” the police said.
“They would then discover unknown transactions on their bank accounts.”
Tips to avoid getting scammed:
Never give your one time pin (OTP) to ANYONE If the order is for cash on delivery, make sure to use cash or PayNow transactions to keep yourself safe, only giving your mobile phone number You will never need to "log in" to approve receiving a payment - RED FLAG! Be mindful of deals that are out of the norm as these have a higher chance of being scams Always consult a trusted friend if you find a particular transaction or request fishy The police advised app users to confirm the transactions they are making before keying in OTPs.
“Inform your bank if you realise your PayLah! account has been linked to other accounts without your authorisation and report any fraudulent transactions made on your bank accounts to your bank immediately”, they added.
Members of the public may provide information on scams at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness or through the police hotline at 1800-255-0000.
Although motorcycles are not allow on Sentosa Island (yes this is another topic for another day), since the Circuit Breaker started in Singapore last year, there has been an increasing number of motorcycles entering Sentosa by means of being a delivery rider, either to send food to one of the many hotels on the island, or picking up food from one of the many F&B establishments on the island.
If you're thinking about using your status as a delivery rider to enter Sentosa on a weekend with your better half however, it will not work. At the entry to Sentosa, the rangers will check your phone and app to ensure that it is a legitimate delivery before allowing you onto the island.
Anyhow, for those of you who frequent Sentosa whether in a car or on a motorcycle, you will notice that there are several speed cameras around the island. This is due to its narrow carriageway as well as high flow of human traffic so vehicle speeds must be kept to a minimum. Most, if not all of the cameras are at 50km/h.
The cameras location are:
Bridge linking Singapore mainland and Sentosa Island Straight after first roundabout leading to Tanjong Beach Straight after second roundabout leading to Sentosa Cove It has been a long debate among many motorist on whether the cameras work, and if they do work, does the Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) have any jurisdiction over issuing of traffic summons.
The simple short answer is, yes, they do.
Evidently seen from a notice of traffic offence that has been circulating on several Whatsapp chat groups, you will note that the person in question has been issued a summon of S$75 for speeding entering Sentosa at a speed of 70km/h (Traffic offence letter below).
There is also a deadline stated within the letter and if the composition amount is not paid by then, the person may then be subjected to further charges and there could be a fine of up to S$2,000.
SDC is a statutory board within the Singapore government and they do have the right to take action against offenders and if this letter is ignored, believe us, they will be able to bring the matter further to the Traffic Police or even the courts. This is the reason why SDC is also able to get the vehicle owner's details just from your license plate.
If you ever have the misfortune of being caught of speeding on Sentosa, please pay the fine and use it as a reminder to always watch your speed and safety. At the rates which the food delivery companies pay riders, such a fine would mean a couple of day's work going down the drain.
Remember to always ride safe, take care, and for those few who are lucky enough to get orders from within Sentosa, enjoy the view but remember no speeding!
Discussion thread on SBF on Motorcycles Entry into Sentosa:
Came across an Advertisement the other day for part time delivery jobs for North-West area
High hourly rated
High docket incentive up to $8 per delivery.
No need to standby at outlet
No need for uniform
Use own bike for delivery
Must at least one work weekend
Raz - 93869472 (hp)
Eran - 93870597 (hp)
What you guys think of such part-time opportunity?
Are there better part time or side line jobs out there? would like to hear for fellow riders here...
Thankz in advance...
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