Fake police website resurfaces

Police said several victims had been directed to a fake police website (above) after receiving calls from scammers.
Police said several victims had been directed to a fake police website (above) after receiving calls from scammers.PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

A website pretending to be the official Singapore Police Force website has re-emerged, the police warned yesterday.

In January, the police warned of an impersonation scam in the form of a fake police website designed to trick people into providing their personal and financial information.

Yesterday, the police repeated their warning, saying that several victims had been directed to a fake police website after receiving calls from scammers.

In the calls, the scammers claimed that the victims were suspected of involvement in criminal activities such as money laundering.

The victims were then directed to the fake website, where they were told to provide information like credit card details and Internet banking passwords for investigation purposes.

The police said the official police website is www.police.gov.sg and advised members of the public to ignore suspicious calls and instructions to remit or transfer money.

Giving out personal information such as bank details over the phone or on an unverified website can lead to monetary losses, the police added.

Those with information related to such scams can call the police hotline on 1800-255-0000 or go to www.police.gov.sg/iwitness to submit a form online.

There is also an anti-scam helpline on 1800-722-6688.

 

To receive up-to-date messages on scams, members of the public can join the "let's fight scams" campaign by visiting the website www.scamalert.sg/fight

Clement Yong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 22, 2019, with the headline 'Fake police website resurfaces'. Print Edition | Subscribe