Police warn of re-emergence of phone impersonation scams
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SINGAPORE: The police have issued an advisory to remind the public to be wary of receiving calls from unknown parties, citing a re-emergence of phone impersonation scams. Members of the public have received calls purportedly from courier companies or government officials, the police said in their advisory on Thursday (Dec 7).In one scenario, the caller claimed that a parcel under the recipient's name containing illegal goods was detained by the Chinese Customs. The call was then transferred to another person who identified himself as a police officer. In other cases, the caller alleged that the recipient had committed a criminal offence and was required to assist in criminal investigations. The scammer would then direct the recipient to provide his personal details, including Internet banking credentials and one-time passwords (OTP), to the “government officer” for investigation purposes.A sum of money would then be transferred out of their bank account into other unknown bank accounts.
online. Members of the public can also seek help by calling the anti-scam helpline at 1800-722-6688 or go to www.scamalert.sg.