June 25, 2024

An unprecedented collaboration between the Singapore Police Force (SPF) and the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) has produced an innovative anti-scam video titled “Honey Money.”

Shared across both police forces’ social media profiles on 30 May, the engaging video features a casual conversation between Hong Kong senior inspector Felix Lai and Singapore assistant superintendent Kelwin Tan. The bilingual video uses both English and Cantonese to make its message accessible to a broader audience.

In the video, Lai investigates upon hearing a person crying nearby. He discovers a Hong Kong man who has been victimized by an online romantic scam. This man had been persuaded by a woman he met over Whatsapp to use an investment app, resulting in him losing all his savings.

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The duo, donned in their police uniforms, then emphasize the widespread issue of scams both globally and locally, urging victims to seek help from their respective anti-scam helplines. HKPF advises using the “Scameter+” app, while SPF recommends visiting www.scamalert.sg if in doubt.

SPF’s Facebook post also offers public advice on how to avoid scams, encouraging the use of the ScamShield app and promoting awareness among family and friends. Online audience response to the video has been positive, highlighting the effective cross-border collaboration.

Despite these efforts, online scams have surged in both regions in recent years. The Inter-Ministry Committee on Scams’ (IMCS) 2024 eCommerce Marketplace Transaction Safety Ratings (TSR) report disclosed that eCommerce scams are a top concern in Singapore, with reported cases doubling from 2022 to 2023.

Similarly, as consumers in Hong Kong increasingly turn to online shopping, scams have risen correspondingly. By May 2023, the Consumer Council reported a noticeable increase in the number of online shopping scams from prior years.

Related FAQs

What is the ‘Honey Money’ video about?

‘Honey Money’ is an informative anti-scam video developed by the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF) and Singapore Police Force (SPF). It demonstrates how a man is scammed through an online romantic relationship, highlighting the pervasive problem of online scams.

What advice do HKPF and SPF give about avoiding scams?

The Hong Kong Police Force suggests using the “Scameter+” app and reaching out to their anti-scam helpline. The Singapore Police Force recommends visiting www.scamalert.sg and using the ScamShield app. They also urge individuals to verify potential scam signs with official sources and to report scams to authorities.

How prevalent are online scams in Hong Kong and Singapore?

Online scams are a significant problem in Hong Kong and Singapore. In Singapore, eCommerce scam cases doubled from 2022 to 2023. In Hong Kong, the number of online shopping scams has risen sharply over recent years, reflecting increasing consumer reliance on online outlets.