Impersonation Scam

WHAT IS AN Impersonation Scam?

There are several variations of this scam. One involves a phone call from someone purporting to be a government official, such as a police officer, immigration officer or court official.

In another variation, the caller might claim to be an employee or representative of a Chinese bank or courier company. The caller might claim that your identity was used to send parcels containing fake passports or weapons, or to apply for overseas credit cards. They then refer you to another caller claiming to be a Chinese official, who will ask — or even threaten — you to give them personal information such as your passport or bank account number, internet banking credentials or One-Time Password (OTP).

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WORTH OF MONEY LOST
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  • Calls or messages from courier companies, telcos or government agencies asking you for your personal particulars, bank account details, or OTPs
  • Scare tactics that link you to crimes such as pending court cases, your mobile number being used in a crime, that your
  • Ignore suspicious calls coming from a ‘+’ number
  • Never disclose personal particulars, banking and credit card details and OTPs to anyone, especially over unsolicited phone calls
  • Hang up immediately if the caller cannot identify himself properly
  • Always

What to look out for

  • Calls or messages from courier companies, telcos or government agencies asking you for your personal particulars, bank account details, or OTPs
  • Scare tactics that link you to crimes such as pending court cases, your mobile number being used in a crime, that your

How to protect yourself

  • Ignore suspicious calls coming from a ‘+’ number
  • Never disclose personal particulars, banking and credit card details and OTPs to anyone, especially over unsolicited phone calls
  • Hang up immediately if the caller cannot identify himself properly
  • Always

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