MFA issues advisory on phone-call scammers who impersonate its officers

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has advised the public to be vigilant and not fall prey to scammers who impersonate its officers.

In a statement on Wednesday night (April 22), MFA said it has been informed that scammers have been making phone calls to unsuspecting members of the public and telling them that they are MFA officers.

The callers would request that they verify their personal particulars and then ask them to pay a penalty for issues related to their immigration white card.

"The Ministry wishes to clarify that MFA does not conduct such verification and does not seek payment of penalties," the ministry said in the statement.

It added that it "takes a very serious view on such scam calls and has filed a police report".

Said MFA: "We advise members of the public to file a police report immediately if they receive similar phone calls."