Beware of fake Singapore Police Force website: Police

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Police are again warning members of the public to beware of a fake Singapore Police Force (SPF) website that seeks to defraud.

A similar warning was issued in March of the scam, where victims typically receive calls claiming that they have excessively large amounts of money in their bank accounts, and are suspected of being involved in criminal activities such as money laundering.

The victims are then given a link to a website that resembles the SPF website and asked to follow the instructions to provide confidential information such as credit card details and internet banking credentials, purportedly for investigation purposes.

The ‘SPF website’ is really a phishing site in disguise. Police stress that the official SPF website is www.police.gov.sg. Members of the public are advised to take precautions when they receive unsolicited calls, especially from unknown parties.

For example, 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.

They should also ignore instructions to remit or transfer money. “No government agency will inform you to make a payment through a telephone call, especially to a third party’s bank account,” said a police spokesman.

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