Singapore — An 18-year-old became the target of a China Officials impersonation scam and was duped into transferring more than S$350,000 to the scammers. His parents were then told that their son was kidnapped.

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) said in a statement on Monday (Nov 22) that the scammers impersonated police officers from China and made an unsolicited call to the teen about a month ago.

The scammer first pretended to be an officer from the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) before transferring the call to two other impersonators claiming to be police officers from China.

They informed the victim that his details were used to open a bank account linked to money laundering transactions in China.

They told the victim not to reveal the so-called investigations to anyone and made him transfer more than S$350,000 as bail money to their bank accounts.

He was also told to take a video of himself with his hands placed behind his back which would assist in investigations, reported The Straits Times.

The video was then used to threaten the victim’s parents in China. The scammers demanded a ransom for the teen’s release.

According to SPF, a 24-year-old man was arrested last week for suspected involvement in the case. SPF highlighted that the man was also a victim of the same type of scam in the past.

It was reported that the man had approached the teen, handed him an envelope with S$100 and a mobile phone with a SIM card.

He told the teen to use the phone for…

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