Fake WhatsApp message claims workers can get S$6,500 from S'pore government

If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

Joshua Lee | October 31, 2019, 11:23 PM

A completely false WhatsApp message being circulated in Singapore is claiming that workers who worked between 1965 and 2019 can receive S$6,500 from the government.

Here's what it looks like:

The message includes a link to a website where people can purportedly check their eligibility for the "employee benefit".

If this sounds too good to be true, it is. 

Fake message with link to fake MOM website

The Ministry of Manpower put up a Facebook post warning that the message is untrue and that the link directs users to a fake MOM website.

In case you can't read the embedded post above, here's what MOM said:

The WhatsApp message saying that workers who worked between 1965-2019 can claim $6,500 from the Government is fake. The message also contains a link to a fake MOM website - http:// witbenefits.top/ mom/

Please use only the official MOM website at www.mom.gov.sg for all info and transactions on MOM matters. Here are tips on how to identify and report fake “MOM” websites, phone calls and emails: https://www.mom.gov.sg/transact-safely-and-securely

We will continue to monitor for fake “MOM” websites and work to bring them down. We also remain committed to keeping the official MOM website unaffected and your data safe.

The Centre for Domestic Employees also put up a warning on Facebook, urging people not to click on the phishing link and to delete the message immediately.

If you know of anyone who has fallen victim to scams like this, you can call the Anti-Scam hotline at 1800 722 6688. It operates from Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.

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