ICA warns of fake website phishing for visa and passport numbers, police report made

A screenshot of the false website, which claims to allow visitors to submit a visa application online.
A screenshot of the false website, which claims to allow visitors to submit a visa application online.

SINGAPORE - A fake Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website has been phishing for visitors' visa numbers and passport numbers, said the authority in a statement on Friday (April 8).

Access to its official website (www.ica.gov.sg) is unaffected and no data has been compromised, added ICA. It has also made a police report about the fake site.

When The Straits Times visited the false website (ica-sg.com), it showed a facility titled "Submission of Application for Visa Electronically".

It claims to allow visitors to submit a visa application online "through the authorised visa agents of the overseas missions, strategic partners in Singapure (sic) or your local contact".

When visitors to the site try to make a visa application enquiry, the site asks for their "visa reference number" and "travel document number".

In its statement, ICA urged members of the public to exercise caution and use only its official website for all informational and transactional needs.

"ICA takes a serious view of such fake websites as they undermine public trust in our system and processes," it said. "We will work to bring down the website and will continue to monitor them."