Ministry of Manpower warns of fake phishing website

The official Ministry of Manpower website (pictured) is at www.mom.gov.sg. (http://www.mom.gov.sg.)
The official Ministry of Manpower website (pictured) is at www.mom.gov.sg. (http://www.mom.gov.sg.)PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM MOM WEBSITE

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has warned the public of a fake MOM website that is collecting the personal information of visitors.

The phishing website http://wponlinemomgovsg.com/ uses the MOM logo and has online forms asking users to fill in their identification, work permit or passport numbers and their names.

The fake website is still accessible as at 9pm on Tuesday (Jan 19).

"Fake websites surface from time to time and we would like to remind members of the public to remain vigilant, especially for transactional purposes," MOM said in a post on Facebook.

"We will work to bring down these websites and will continue to monitor for such fake websites," it added.

The official MOM website is at www.mom.gov.sg. Access to the site remains unaffected and no data has been compromised, MOM said.

This is the second reported case of a phishing scam using the name of a government ministry this week.

On Monday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) warned of a phishing email from "HealthCare. gov".

The MOH said that anyone who receives an e-mail with the subject "HealthCare. gov: Important HealthCare Notification [#02015]" should not respond to the e-mail, or click on any link or attachment within the e-mail.

It is also not the first time a fake MOM website has been uncovered.

In November last year, MOM warned that there were fake versions of its website. Two earlier cases of false MOM websites were reported in May 2014.

Phishing sites and e-mail messages try to trick people into entering their personal data.