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| 24 Mar 2020
We would like to alert the public to a variant of impersonation scams involving fake Singapore Police Force (SPF) websites.
Since January 2020, the Police have received at least 15 reports where scammers would make unsolicited calls to victims and identify themselves as government officials or law enforcement authorities. The scammers would allege that victims were suspected of being involved in overseas criminal activities such as money laundering and drug trafficking, or have outstanding court cases or summons. The victims were then directed to websites that resemble the actual SPF website. The victims were then asked to provide personal information such as credit card details and internet banking credentials, purportedly for investigation purposes. At least $330,000 had been lost to such scams since the start of the year.
Such websites are actually phishing sites in disguise, designed to extract personal information, financial details and Internet banking login credentials from unsuspecting victims. The scammers will then access victims’ online banking facilities using the credentials provided and make unauthorised fund transfers, resulting in extensive monetary losses. The following screenshots show the fake “E-Services” pages where such illicit phishing activities were perpetrated.
Don’t believe – Ignore the calls. Scammers may use caller ID spoofing technology to mask the actual phone number and display a different number. Calls that appear to be from a local number may not actually be made from Singapore.
Don’t give – Never provide your personal or bank account details, and One-Time-Passwords (OTP) to anyone. Such information is useful to criminals.
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