SINGAPORE - The authorities have put up a security advisory online warning unsuspecting SingPass users not to fall prey to a phishing e-mail, which has apparently been making its rounds.
Phishing is a fraudulent process used by hackers to get users to divulge sensitive personal information such as their user identities and passwords.
On its Facebook page, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) posted this morning: "Some SingPass users have received an email titled 'SingPass account security info verification' from 'SingPass Government [firstname.lastname@example.org]' informing recipients that their SingPass PINs have been suspended and to click on a link to confirm their email address."
IDA continued: "Please note that this is a phishing email, which is NOT sent by SingPass. Should you receive this email, do not click on the link, simply delete it and contact SingPass at email@example.com."
SingPass grants Singapore residents access to 340 e-government services, and is due to be revamped next month to further tighten security after more than 1,500 SingPass accounts were breached a year ago. Three of the accounts breached were used to make fraudulent applications for work passes.