ICA, police warn of fake phishing websites

The fake ICA website is phishing for visitors' visa reference numbers and passport numbers.
The fake ICA website is phishing for visitors' visa reference numbers and passport numbers.PHOTO: IMMIGRATION AND CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY

Phishing websites masquerading as the official websites of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and Singapore Police Force (SPF) have surfaced.

Both government agencies yesterday issued statements warning the public of the fake websites.

The fake ICA site is phishing for visitors' visa reference numbers and passport numbers.

ICA directed members of the public to www.ica.gov.sg - its official site - for all information and transactions.

"We would like to assure everyone that access to the official ICA website remains unaffected and no data has been compromised," ICA said.

The fake SPF site purports to be the police's official "E-Services" page.

Victims are hoodwinked by scammers pretending to be police officers, who tell them that they are suspected of being involved in money laundering, police said in a press statement.

The victims are then given the link to the fake site, where they are asked to provide confidential information such as credit card details and Internet banking credentials.

The official SPF website is www.police.gov.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 25, 2017, with the headline 'ICA, police warn of fake phishing websites'. Print Edition | Subscribe