The police are alerting the public to a new version of the police officer impersonation scam, this time involving a fake Singapore Police Force website, which aims to collect credit card and banking information.
In this latest ruse, scammers call victims saying that their bank accounts are excessively large, and as a result, they are under suspicion of involvement in criminal activity such as money laundering, the police said in a statement on Friday (24 March).
The victims are then given a link to a website that looks like the police website and, once there, are asked to provide confidential credit card details and Internet banking credentials for “investigation purposes”.
The police warned that the site was set for phishing purposes and there have been extensive monetary losses in most reported cases.
The official police website is www.police.gov.sg, and the police remind the public not to give out personal and bank details over the phone, especially to unsolicited or unknown callers.
Members of the public who have information related to such crimes or are in doubt can call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or submit the information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness. For scam-related advice, they may call the anti-scam helpline at 1800-722-6688.
Separately, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) warned on Friday that there is a fake ICA website at ww.singapore-epass.com/login.html that is phishing for visitors’ visa reference numbers and passport numbers.
The ICA advises members of the public to be aware of such fake websites and to use its official website at www.ica.gov.sg for ICA-related matters. It also gave the assurance that access to its website is unaffected and that no data has been compromised.