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Donations from quake victim’s funeral to go to Sabah mountain guides

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The family of 12-year-old Rachel Ho, one of the faces of the Sabah quake tragedy, will be channelling all donations from her wake to Malaysian mountain guides who helped the staff and students after the disaster.

Her father Mr James Ho told The Straits Times that the family had received a “generous contribution” from friends and family who had attended the wake.

“Coming from a blessed background, we felt we could reach out to those who are more in need during these difficult times and it would have been Rachel’s wishes as well,” Mr Ho said.

“The money would go a long way for the Malaysian guides who now have no income and still have families to feed. It is our way of thanking them for risking their lives to help the students and teachers of Tanjong Katong Primary School after the disaster,” he added.

Mr Ho declined to reveal the full amount to be donated.

He said the family has approached the principal of Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) to link them up with the mountain guides who had helped the school.

They are also working with TKPS to contact the families of mountain guide Muhammad Daanish Amran and TKPS teacher Mohammed Ghazi Mohamed

Said Mr Ho: “This is really just about humans helping humans in a time of need.”

(Source: The Straits Times)

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Up to $2,100 in fraudulent loans taken out by domestic worker in Singapore!

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Early this month a Singaporean woman, Velle Yee, took to Facebook to lament about her Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW). Sismar Mae Amor, the FDW, had taken up various loans from at least 6 moneylenders with her employer’s details.

Yee first found about one of these loans back in October last year. When confronted, the domestic worker lied about the loan, and pushed the blame onto someone else. Yee chose not to terminate the work permit of her FDW, as it would be too much of a hassle for her to find a replacement.

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Over the next six months, Sismar continued to borrow money from various people with her employer’s details.

When this came to light in late April,  Velle Yee decided that enough is enough and terminated Sismar’s contract. A ticket back to her home city, Davao Island was purchased for her.

Following this incident, a police report was made. Investigations by the police revealed that the extent of the loans stretched to as high as $2,10o.

The money had been used to purchase mobile phones and jewellery. The shopping spree seemed to indicate that Sismar had no intention of returning to Singapore after her home visit, which was scheduled for May this year.

Employment Ban?

In the wake of this  catastrophe, Velle Yee wrote in to the Ministry of Manpower to strongly recommend an employment ban on Sismar.

The Ministry responded that while they cannot ban Sismar from seeing re-employment in Singapore, they can put her on a reference system which would recommend future employers to contact Velle Yee.

This case presents an interesting look at dishonest domestic workers and the fall out that employers have to deal with after.

It is of note that licensed moneylenders doled out cash without proper verification or checks.

 

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Bus driver has neck pain and did not doze off while driving: SBS

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A bus driver was recently filmed to be apparently dozing off at the wheel of his bus.

In the video, which was posted on 7 May (Monday), the driver’s neck could be seen moving haphazardly yet the bus was still in motion.

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The passenger who was filming did nothing but record the driver. An act for which he was flamed for by Netizens.

Many felt that it was cruel to post a video like this and to risk the driver’s job when he was probably working overtime to feed his family and was probably exhausted.

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Others felt that waking the driver up or holding a conversation with him to keep him awake would have been a more reasonable course of action rather then to film the incident and do nothing while there were serious safety risks.

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However, shortly after the video went up, SBS released a statement on the driver explaining that the elderly man had neck problems but that it did not affect his driving in any way.

The spokesperson for SBS went on to say that the driver was very safe and cautious on the road and that he had been certified to be fit for driving by a doctor.

While the video seems to suggest that our bus captain was dozing off at the wheel, our findings based on the CCTV footage from the bus reveals that this was not the case.

Throughout the time he was on the road, the driver “kept to his lane, slowed down when approaching bus stops and also stopped safely behind other buses or vehicles,The driver also conducted a right turn safely during the trip.

All these would not have been possible had he been dozing off at the wheel … We assure our commuters that dozing off while driving is not something we take lightly and will not hesitate to take action against any bus captain found doing so.

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The spokesperson also went on to say that the driver’s neck did bend more then usual due to his medical condition but that he was fit for driving.

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Singaporean woman loses 76,000 KrisFlyer miles, SIA investigating matter, suspects due to possible phishing

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Singapore Airlines said it's aware that some KrisFlyer member accounts "may have been compromised due to possible phishing".

Posted by Channel NewsAsia on Tuesday, 17 April 2018

 

On 15th April 2018, Sherie Low logged into her KrisFlyer account and to her horror, discovered that the bulk of her frequent flyer miles had been wiped out under the names of four Russian individuals who were completely unacquainted with her.

Only 769 miles were available out of the supposedly 76,769 miles she should have possessed.

The 34-year-old general manager said she first registered for an account on Singapore Airlines (SIA)’s frequent flyer programme 10 years ago. The last time she logged into her account to redeem miles was in mid-March 2018.

In the aftermath of her logging in, four redemptions were made for Lufthansa flights from Frankfurt, Germany to Saint Petersburg at 12,500 miles each, and another 26,000 miles were converted to points for Virgin Australia’s Velocity frequent flyer programme. This took place between 24th March 2018 and 25th Mar 2018,

The redemptions were made under the names of four individuals – Ms Kseniia Migel, Mrs Elena Migel, Mr Matvei Kotliar and Mr Andrei Migel who were all holding Russian passports. From the reflected account, all four had been added as nominees to Low’s account on 23rd March 2018, just a day before they started making redemptions.

KrisFlyer nominees are allowed to use a member’s miles to redeem tickets and flight upgrades.

Ms Low immediately dialed the KrisFlyer hotline upon seeing the suspicious transactions.

SIA’s representatives said they did not want to give her “false hope” that she would get her miles back and could not give her a deadline for the investigation, according to Low.

SIA further assured her that their investigation team would get back to her within 24 hours, but only called back the next day to “reiterate the same thing” which was that “they don’t want to give me false hope”, added Low.

Under her Facebook name Kiki Koh, Low posted an account of the alleged hack on SIA’s Facebook page.

Dear friends, please check your Krisflyer accounts. I believe the current system which is only secured with a 6 digit…

Posted by Kiki Koh on Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Quite nice and considerate of her to warn other potential victims, to be honest. Going public about her misfortune requires a big step and several contemplation, sometimes.

“As a Singaporean and a loyal supporter of SIA, although I could choose other loyalty programmes (for) my credit card miles, I always chose SIA,” she told Channel NewsAsia.

“But after this incident, probably I will look for an airline with a better security system.”

While there were alerts and notifications about the redemptions sent to an email address linked to Low’s Krisflyer account, Low said that the account is inactive and she did not check it.

Ms Low expressed that KrisFlyer should update its system security as members can log into their accounts using their membership account number and a six-digit PIN which is insufficient in the event of a cyber attack.

“At the very least it should be protected with a one-time password,” she said. “They cannot have such a flimsy system that allows hackers to get into accounts so easily and also add nominees so easily.”

Hello Team, On 22nd Feb, i reported theft of my krisflyer miles, but havent seen any concrete action(outcomes) yet, …

Posted by Abhishek Singh on Sunday, 25 February 2018

Another member of KrisFlyer recently posted on SIA’s Facebook page about an alleged theft of KrisFlyer miles. Abhishek Singh wrote that he had reported a theft of his miles three days before but had yet to receive any follow-up or concrete outcomes.

 

Responding to media queries, SIA said: “Singapore Airlines can confirm that we received this complaint from our KrisFlyer member regarding the loss of her KrisFlyer miles. We are currently investigating this issue and we will be following up with the customer directly.”

“Singapore Airlines is also aware that some KrisFlyer member accounts may have been compromised due to possible phishing. We are monitoring these accounts closely and will work with relevant authorities in their investigations, if required.”

“We have also reached out to the affected members and advised them to take various measures to prevent further phishing. These include using stronger passwords, changing their passwords regularly, using a reliable anti-virus programme and logging in to their KrisFlyer accounts only via the official SIA website at www.singaporeair.com.”

“Reports on phishing attacks have been on the rise in recent months. We would like to advise our customers to be wary of unsolicited emails, messages and phone calls that claim to be from Singapore Airlines,” the company said in the advisory.

We certainly hope that SIA can double up and solve the problem fast and professionally and take precautionary measures to prevent such a case from happening again!

 

Know of any other possible scams? Let us know in the comments section below!

 

Also, the latest scam you should be aware of is a scam involving hacked WhatsApp accounts.

Once scammers get hold of the SMS verification codes, victims would lose access to their WhatsApp accounts.

 

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