Online crime has risen significantly in Singapore. Between January and June this year, there were 349 cases of internet love scams, compared to 277 cases in the first half of last year. These scams cost their victims a total of S$22.1 million, with the largest amount cheated in a single case close to S$6 million.

E-mail impersonation scams, on the other hand, rose 29% to 160 cases in the first half of the year, compared to 124 in the same period last year. These scams cost their victims a total of S$21.9 million.

While e-commerce crimes are down by 10.5%, the high number of cases reported still makes them a cause for concern. During the first half of the year, there were 900 cases compared to 1006 in the same period last year. These scams cost their victims a total of S$691,700.

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