SINGAPORE - The police have warned the public of a recent rise in scammers who impersonate police officers.
In a Facebook post on Thursday (Aug 4), the police said they were aware that people had received phone calls from the number +65 999 on their mobile phones.
"The police would like to clarify that these calls were not made by SPF (Singapore Police Force) officers," said the post, adding that such calls are typical scammers' tactics where caller ID spoofing technology is used. This masks the actual phone number and a different one is displayed.
Recipients of such calls would first hear an automated Mandarin voice message instructing them to enter a number, police said.
A Mandarin-speaking operator claiming to be from SPF will then ask for their personal information, or request that they proceed to the police station with their identification card or that police officers would be going to their homes.
Those who make return calls to +65 999 will be connected to the police's emergency hotline of 999 instead.
Should the public receive calls from unknown origins, they should do the following:
- Ignore such calls and the caller's instructions;
- Do not provide your name, identification number, passport details, contact details, bank account or credit card details. Such information is useful to criminals;
- Members of the public may call the police hotline at 1800-255 0000 or submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness should they have any related information, and dial 999 only if urgent Police assistance is required.