S’porean woman, 22, warns of phishing scam claiming her personal photos were shared in a private Telegram group – Mothership.SG

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A 22-year-old woman took to TikTok to warn others about a phishing scam she recently came across.

I almost fell for the scam because it was quite “convincing”

In a two-minute video she posted on January 27, Glennice Tong said she almost fell for the scam because it was “pretty convincing”.

Recounting the incident, Tong said he received a message via Instagram claiming that his photos had been shared online via a “private Telegram group”.

While she thought the allegation was “terrifying”, she didn’t quite believe it as she knew from a friend’s experience that similar scams had been attempted.

From screenshots of the exchange that Tong shared in his video, the user further claimed that they “helped [her] report it already,” but advised him to report the group anyway.

Screenshot via Glennice Tong/TikTok

A suspected scammer claims personal photos were shared in a Telegram chat group similar to ‘SG Nasi Lemak’

When Tong asked for screenshots of the photos shared by the group, the user said he didn’t have them because he had already reported the group.

They went on to say that in addition to photos of Tong, the group also shared “chat screenshots” between Tong and “some guy.”

When Tong pressed for more details, they claimed the conversation was about “sex and stuff.”

Furthermore, they claimed that it is a new group created by the administrators of the Telegram chat group “SG Nasi Lemak”.

The “SG Nasi Lemak” newsgroup circulated obscene images and videos, including documents that were taken and shared without the permission of girls and women in Singapore.

It had between 44,000 and 46,000 users at its peak, before being reported to authorities and shut down.

Obligation to enter a “code” that she receives on her phone to access the group

The user then sent Tong a link to a site she needed to go to to access the group and report it.

Tong was told to enter her phone number as the “email and password” before she could get a “code” via text message, after which she would have to enter both her phone number and the ” code” to access the group.

When Tong asked why an external site was needed, the user replied that it was because the group needed to be “more discreet” and prevent others from finding it via Telegram.

However, Tong had reservations about using her real phone number and entered “123” instead.

Later, when she sent a screenshot of the next page that appeared to her, the user knew that she had used a “fake number”.

Tong scoffed at this and said in the video, “(At least) try to let you know I used a wrong number, right?”

Continuing his comments on the scam, Tong said the lies given by the user were “not bad” when explaining how the site could identify that the number provided was fake.

Tong said she filed a police report the same day she received the messages and warned other girls to avoid falling for this phishing scam.

Mothership confirmed to the police that a report has been filed.

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