AVA warns of phishing e-mail scam

SINGAPORE - The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has warned of a phishing e-mail scam using the agency's name.

The e-mail appears to be an official e-mail from AVA, and asks recipients to submit their company details using an attached form.

It has the subject line "AVA Confidential Source Directory Update 2016 edition", and appears to be sent from an AVA e-mail "info@ava.org.sg".

E-mail addresses from a government agency should have the Internet domain "gov".

AVA wrote in a Facebook post on Monday (Feb 22): "If you receive such letters or emails, please ignore them. Do not reply. Doing so may give them access to your private details."

Last month, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) also warned of phishing scams.

A fake MOM website was collecting the personal information of visitors, while MOH warned of a phishing e-mail from "HealthCare.gov".

Phishing is when a victim is tricked into giving up personal details to a fake website or in reply to an e-mail.