Immigration & Checkpoints Authority warns of new fake website

Authorities warned the public about a fake Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website on May 10, 2016.
Authorities warned the public about a fake Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website on May 10, 2016.SCREENGRAB: INTERNET

SINGAPORE - The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has warned of yet another fake website that is phishing for visitors' personal information.

The site - ica-spg.org - leads victims to key in their identity card and passport numbers.

"ICA would like to advise members of the public to exercise caution so that you do not unwittingly fall prey to such fake websites," it said in a statement on Tuesday (May 10).

 
 
 
 
 

Access to the official ICA website remains unaffected and no data has been compromised, it added.

Members of the public should use only the official website at www.ica.gov.sg for immigration matters.

A police report has been made against the phishing website. ICA said: "We will work to bring down the website and will continue to monitor this matter."

This is not the first fake ICA website to come to light this month.

In April, two other sites (immisg-mom.in and ica-sg.com) were reported. In December, three were found by the authorities.

A growing number of fake government websites have surfaced, with at least six reported this year.

Most are phishing scams, which try to trick users into giving personal or financial information through the use of fake websites or e-mail messages masquerading as coming from official sources.