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新加坡受骗者被冒充中国官员的人骗走100万新元现金

Oct 29, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership

两名年龄分别为19岁和30岁的女子因涉嫌参与中国官员冒充诈骗案(COIS)被新加坡警方逮捕。

COIS 通常是骗子冒充政府机构官员并告知受骗者以下信息:

以他们的名字注册的手机号码与犯罪有关

他们名下含非法物品的包裹被扣留

他们有一个待审案件;和/或

他们犯了刑事罪,被要求协助调查

打电话指示受骗者交出钱财

在这起案件中,一名女性受骗者在被引导相信她因严重犯罪而接受调查后,五天内被骗走了100多万新元现金。

骗子们主动拨打电话,冒充中国官员并指示受骗者将钱交给一名女子。

商业事务部人员通过调查确定了这名19岁女子的身份,并于报告当天将其逮捕。

初步调查显示,该名19岁女子被认为是按照骗子的指示向受骗者索要现金的。

据称,这些现金被交给了另一名30岁的女子,该女子也于同日被捕。

对19岁女子的调查正在进行中。

30岁女子被指控协助他人保留犯罪所得利益,将于2020年10月30日出庭。

她被指控的罪行符合《腐败、贩毒和其他严重罪行(没收利益)法》,该法可判处最高10年监禁,或最高50万新元的罚款,或两者并处。

警方警告市民不要以不明身份人士的名义向他人索取钱财,特别是那些自称是执法机构人员的人。

这类来电者很可能是骗子,而那些按照骗子的指示行事的人可能会通过协助洗钱活动无意中犯下了罪行。

市民如有疑问,可致电全国犯罪预防委员会的反诈骗求助热线1800-722-6688或访问www.scamalert.sg。

顶图来自Julia Yeo

PSP's Tan Cheng Bock voted out as Sec-Gen after alleged party infighting

Apr 01, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership

Former Republic of Singapore Air Force colonel Francis Yuen has been appointed secretary-general of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), taking over from party founder Tan Cheng Bock.

Dr Tan, 80, has become party chairman. This was announced by the PSP on Thursday (April 1), after its central executive committee (CEC) met on Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, PSP Non-Constituency MP Leong Mun Wai said Mr Yuen was the committee's unanimous choice to "lead PSP to the next level".

"Francis will lead and galvanise the party while (Dr Tan) concentrates on strengthening external support for PSP," he wrote.

Chairman role is basically a glorified flower pot

In many organisations around the world, the Secretary-General position has the authority to make all the decisions of running the organisation - or party. The Chairman generally does not have any more power pe se than any other voting member of the Executive Committee, except the power to run board meetings.

Comparatively, the Secretary-General is like the Chief Executive Officer of the company.

For example, the People's Action Party chairman is Gan Kim Yong while the Secretary-General is Lee Hsien Loong.

Party infighting?

The change comes amid reports of a rift in the party. An online news site, the RedWire Times, said in March that some party cadres have demanded for Dr Tan to step down as secretary-general, and allow for "more talented rising stars" to take over.

Commenting on the Redwire Times report, PSP member Kumaran Pillai said the new CEC line-up is in no way a reflection of any disagreement over the leadership of the party. Rather, Mr Yuen assuming the secretary-general role is part of a planned transition, he added.

“When Dr Tan started the party, he said he will mentor someone younger, and he hasn’t deviated from his original mission. People shouldn’t be reading too much into it.”

Mr Pillai added that he had a long dialogue with the party cadre who was quoted anonymously by Redwire Times as saying that some cadres are mustering support to demand for Dr Tan to step down from his post.

“His intention is not to stage a coup within the party. I think people have misinterpreted it and misunderstood what he said, sometimes it's like playing broken telephone, you say one thing and by the time you get to the last person, the whole story gets distorted along the way... there’s no infighting, there's no malice,” he said.

In other words, the flower pot needs watering.