On Monday (Oct. 21), the Singapore Police Force (SPF) released a statement alerting the public of a "police impersonation scam" which involves a fake SPF website phishing for confidential information.
Fake SPF website
Police explained that victims received calls from scammers claiming that they were the holders of bank accounts with large amounts of money and were suspected of being involved in criminal activities such as money laundering.
The victims were then given a link to a website that resembles the actual SPF website.
Subsequently, the victims were asked to provide confidential information such as credit card details and internet banking credentials on the fake SPF website.
Not the first time
Such websites are actually phishing sites designed to extract personal information and banking details from unsuspecting victims, resulting in extensive monetary losses.
Police clarified that the official SPF website is www.police.gov.sg.
This is not the first time the same fake SPF website was used to scam members of the public.
Just nine months ago on Jan. 12, 2019, SPF released a statement on the same case.
Advice from police
Police advised the public to ignore any suspicious calls or instructions to remit or transfer money.
Giving out personal information and bank details such as internet bank account usernames and password, as well as one-time codes from tokens are also not advisable.
Anyone with information related to such crimes can call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit it online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness.
Those who intend to seek scam-related advice may call the anti-scam helpline at 1800-722-6688 or go to www.scamalert.sg.
Top photo from Singapore Police Force.