'John Richard' calling from ICA is a scammer, says the authority

SINGAPORE - If you have received a call from someone named John Richard who claims to be from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), be on your guard.

The caller is phishing for personal information like bank details, driving licence numbers and other personal particulars, ICA said in a statement on Friday (Oct 13).

The man, who reportedly calls himself "John Richard", uses the number 6542-5314 to target victims, saying he is calling from the ICA Airport Logistics Park general office.

ICA clarified that the calls were not made by its officers, and added that it does not call the public to ask for personal information over the phone.

The police have been alerted of the scam.

ICA advised the public to ignore the calls and the caller's instructions. It also advised the public not to provide any personal particulars to the caller or transfer any money to him.

It added that it takes a serious view of such scam calls as it undermines public trust in ICA.

Those with information on the scam calls may submit information online at www.police.gov.sg/iwitness or call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000.

Just last week, ICA warned the public about scam callers who impersonate ICA officers in a bid to obtain passport numbers.

Those calls were made from this number: +65 6214-8427.

Also last week, ICA raised the alert about a fake website that was dressed up to look like the official ICA website.

Called singaporeonline-epass.com, the site aims to trick visitors into revealing their visa reference and passport numbers.

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